You cannot ride a motorbike on public roads in Ireland without either having a learner permit or a full drivers licence. In order to obtain a full licence for your motorcycle you must do a test. Motorcycle tests carried out in Ireland are conducted out of 34 test centres throughout the country.
The purpose of the motorcycle test is to determine that you:
- Know the Rules of the Road
- Possess the knowledge and skill to drive a motorcycle competently in accordance with those rules of the road
- Drive with proper regard for the safety and convenience of other motorcyclists and road users
Prior to your driving test, we would advise that you study the Rules of the Road. We would also advise practising riding on all types of roads and in all types of traffic situations as much as possible. This will help you improve your riding technique and build confidence when driving on the roads.
How do I apply for a motorcycle test?
In order to apply for your test please do the following:
- Study for the theory test and once confident apply for the test.
- Once you pass the test you apply to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) for a Learner Permit
- Complete the basic training motorcycle course with a RSA approved driving instructor
- If needed practice your driving skills and take additional lessons if needed
- Next step is to apply for your test and pass.
- The final step is to apply to the NDLS for your full motorcycle licence
You can check out the different licence categories here.
Initial basic training (IBT)
Initial Basic Training for learner motorcyclists is a mandatory training course that teaches basic riding skills to learner motorcyclists. It is part of the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme. The purpose of IBT is to improve road safety you can find out more here.
What documents do I need to apply?
All you need is the following:
- A Public Services Card and verified MyGovID.
- To have successfully passed the driver theory test in the category you are applying for in the previous 2 years
- Proof of your address dated within the last six months if your current address differs from the one you provided when you applied for your PSC.
- Proof that you are normally resident in the Republic of Ireland if your place of birth and nationality are outside the EU/EEA.
- Fully completed eyesight report form that must be dated within 3 months.
- Fully completed medical report form that must be dated within the last 3 months, if required in your case.
- Completed relevant driver certificate of professional competence (CPC), if required.
- Your application fee at the cost of €35.00.
What are the costs involved?
The theory test currently costs €45, the IBT (Initial Basic Training) costs depend on the instructor and to get your full licence you must wait for 6 months after getting your motorcycle ‘Licence Permit’ which currently costs €85.
If you need further information please visit RSA.ie