Step 1 : Applying for a Theory Test

You must complete the Driver Theory Test for the truck if it is your first time applying for a learner permit (provisional licence) in the truck category or if you are upgrading your licence within the truck category (i.e. C1 to C) and have not yet competed the Theory Test for the truck.

The Driver Theory Test for truck and bus is now combined with the cpc part 1 and is a computerised exam which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions for truck or bus at a cost of €72. You can also sit the truck and bus together which will have 140 questions at a cost of €84. There is a book, CD ROM (Official Driver Theory Test for Truck) or you could download the study material and practise tests from the theory test website in the “Revision Material” section with all of the questions that could be asked on the day of your test, cost approx €22. These are available from any good bookshop.

You can apply for the theory test on line at www.theorytest.ie, by phone on 1890 606106 (with a credit card), or by post by getting an application form and sending it along with a cheque or postal order. There are a number of centres around the country where the test is conducted in Naas is it in Spring Garden Lodge, Sallins Road.

Step 2 : Medical Report

You must get an NDLS issued ‘Driving Licence Medical Report Form’ completed by a Medical Practitioner whose name is on the general register of medical practitioners in Ireland. This must be handed in to the NDLS within 1 month of the date of issue.

Step 3 : Getting your Learner permit

You must present yourself to your local NDLS office along with your Theory test certificate, Full Car Licence, Medical report and completed Learner Permit form. You must also supply documents to support: residency entitlement, address and PPSN. There is a list of accepted documentation included with the NDLS application form or on their website. Photos will be taken by the NDLS on the day of application. The fee for the learner permit is €35.

Once you hold your learner permit you can start taking lessons in the truck.

Step 4 : CPC Case Study

Any driver for the truck categories who wishes to be a professional truck driver and has never held a licence in the truck category issued before 10th Sept 2009 before must also complete Driver CPC examinations. The examination after completing the combined theory & CPC part 1 includes a two hour case study theory test which costs €72.

You can apply for the case study exams at www.theorytest.ie/drivercpccertificate-professional-competence/ or on 1890-606106. The Official Driver Theory Test book or Cd has the six case studies you can be asked questions on, they do not supply the questions as it is a FETAC qualification. You can also purchase ‘Learning to drive a truck’ by RSA €8.99. The case study can also be done (or if you are under 21 needs to be done) after you do the theory test and before you get your learner permit.

Step 5 : Driving Test & Practical CPC

You can apply for your RSA driving test at a cost of €120 and your 30 minutes practical CPC test at a cost of €32 on www.rsa.ie following the links for the driving test. These tests can be applied for before the Case Study is done but will not be issued until the case study is passed.

If you are getting a truck licence for personal reasons you do not need to complete the CPC case study and practical CPC. If you do decide to drive professionally after obtaining your full truck licence the CPC can then be done but can take 6-10 weeks to get the test dates.

Step 6 : Full Licence

Once you have passed your exams you can apply to the NDLS for your full truck licence at a cost of €55. For those with a CPC qualification you will need to complete 1 day per year attendance only CPC periodic training to keep your qualification valid.