In this article we will cover some news about the new RSA rule which allows foreign nationals (who are not covered in the Licence Exchange Programme for Foreign Nationals) who own a full driving licence from their homeland issued at-least 2 years before applying for Shorter EDT Programme and the aim of the article is to provide you with all the needed resource at one place and in an organised form.

Lets, start with basics and proceed, if you know what is EDT you can skip to the next heading.

What is EDT ?

Before you apply for a driving test you must complete Essential Driver Training (EDT) which is a mandatory training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to learner car drivers.

The Essential Driver Training course is made up of 12 one-hour lessons, which you must complete before taking your Driving test.

What is Shorter EDT Programme ?

Since, 21 January 2019 the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have introduced a new shorter EDT programme for foreign license holders who have a valid full license from another country (jurisdiction) with which Ireland do not have an exchange agreement can qualify for exemption from EDT lessons 2,3,4,8,11 and 12 and 6 months waiting period.

You must first pass a driver theory test

Lessons you do not need to take if you qualify for the programme –

  • LESSON 2: CORRECT POSITIONING
  • LESSON 3: CHANGING DIRECTION
  • LESSON 4: PROGRESSION MANAGEMENT
  • LESSON 8: DRIVING SAFELY THROUGH TRAFFIC
  • LESSON 11: DRIVING CALMLY
  • LESSON 12: NIGHT DRIVING

For more information on EDT shortened program please click here

How to apply for EDT Shortened Programme ?

Apply for EDT shortened program click here

Where to apply for Driving Test ?

You can apply for a driving test, the fees for the test is 85 Euros-

Please note, their can be a waiting time of upto 7 weeks before you are assigned a test date, so apply well in advance to avoid emergency situations.

Learner Permit

To be able to qualify and apply for a full Irish licence you need to hold a valid Learner Permit, by sitting and passing the Driver Theory Test

In Ireland you must hold a Learner Permit for six months before applying for your test however a holder of a current full driving licence in the same category from another country (jurisdiction) for more than six months is exempt from this requirement, for application form and associated guidelines please click here

What do the Driving Lessons cover ?

Each of the EDT Sessions has particular objectives. You should prepare for each lesson using the EDT Course Syllabus.
The 12 Sessions are titled:

  • LESSON 1: CAR CONTROLS AND SAFETY CHECKS
  • LESSON 2: CORRECT POSITIONING
  • LESSON 3: CHANGING DIRECTION
  • LESSON 4: PROGRESSION MANAGEMENT
  • LESSON 5: CORRECT POSITIONING
  • LESSON 6: ANTICIPATION AND REACTION
  • LESSON 7: SHARING THE ROAD
  • LESSON 8: DRIVING SAFELY THROUGH TRAFFIC
  • LESSON 9: CHANGING DIRECTION (MORE COMPLEX SITUATIONS)
  • LESSON 10: SPEED MANAGEMENT
  • LESSON 11: DRIVING CALMLY
  • LESSON 12: NIGHT DRIVING

More information on Lessons

Tips and Instruction on Passing Driving Test can be found here

For more information visit National Driving Licence Service (NDLS)

If you are from EU or any other recognised state by Ireland – you should follow this link

List of Recoginesed States

  • Australia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Isle Of Man
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • New Zealand
  • Taiwan
  • Ontario Province of Canada
  • Manitoba Province of Canada
  • Newfoundland & Labrador Province of Canada
  • British Columbia Province of Canada
  • Saskatchewan State in Canada

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Irish Driving Licence, Driver Licensing in Ireland, Will my foreign driving licence be recognised in Ireland ?, Getting a driving licence in Ireland, Holders of foreign licences

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