Mullane School Of Motoring Cork
Be ready for your Driving test
Be ready for your Driving test
Things to do and documents to bring on the day of Your Driving Test
Arrive early Be present in the test centre waiting area before your appointed time.
Wear suitable footwear for your test. Remember,
flip-flops, sandals, backless footwear or barefoot
driving are not acceptable.
Your valid learner permit for your test category.
Your learner permit must:
Correspond with your identity
Be in date
Be for the correct category of vehicle for your test
Displaying vehicle documentation on your car For A Driving Test
Be sure the following are clearly displayed on
A valid, original insurance disc (white background
with a green band along the left-hand side). This
must clearly show the registration number (or fleet
name) of your vehicle and the policy dates
A valid original motor tax disc
A valid NCT disc or valid CVRT disc, if applicable
L-plates on the front and rear
The information on display must clearly show all
details required by law, including the registration
number of the vehicle. If details are faded, you should
get the relevant disc replaced prior to your test. You will
be asked to read and sign a statement confirming that
your vehicle is roadworthy and the insurance cover is in
place and adequate.
Get your vehicle ready
On your Driving test day:
You need to provide the vehicle for your test or Hire the School Car
You must be insured to drive your vehicle or use or School Car And Insurance
Your vehicle must be in a roadworthy condition and
you will be asked to sign a statement to this effect
If you pass your test in a vehicle with automatic
transmission, your driving licence will only allow
you to drive a vehicle with automatic transmission.
Vehicle details to check in advance of your test
On visible inspection, your tyres should comply
with the requirements of all Road Traffic Acts.
The minimum tyre tread depth requirement is
currently 1.6 mm for a motorcar. There should
be no obvious bulges, cuts or severe uneven
wear present. Tyres should be inflated to the
Please note: space saver-type spare wheels aren’t
acceptable, as their speed rating doesn’t meet
Loads should be removed or properly secured.
Loose objects inside the vehicle such as
screwdrivers, knives, gas bottles etc. must be
removed or properly secured before the test.
Your windscreen should be clean and free from
visual obstructions, including excessive cracks.
The windscreen wipers and washer fluid should
be fully operational.
The windscreen and front side windows of the
vehicle presented for your test must have a light
transmission level of not less than 65%.
Any vehicle modifications that pose a risk to the health
and safety of the driver tester are not permitted.
Examples include but are not limited to: unpadded
or protected internal roll-cages, modified or
Check your vehicle’s safety systems and
Your vehicle is fitted with a number of warning lights that
let you know if certain critical safety and performance
features are not working properly. It is important that all
your vehicle’s safety systems are in working order. Not
only is this a requirement for your test, but it is also in the
interest of your safety and the safety of other road users.
Please take note of the following:
Your vehicle suspension should not be defective
d Make sure your brake and indicator lights are
All indicator lights should be clearly showing amber
Make sure your handbrake is in good working order
Any dashboard warning lights indicating a
malfunction or a defect, which shows before or
during the test, may lead to your test not going
ahead or being cut short.
There should be no leakage of exhaust fumes into
There should be no visible or obvious defect which
would be likely to cause vehicle breakdown during
Ensure the safety and consideration
of the assigned driver tester
Your vehicle must have a safety belt fitted to the
front passenger seat, be in good working order and
conform to the manufacturer’s specification.
Your passenger door on the tester’s side should be
working properly and should be possible to open
from both the inside and outside.
Your vehicle should have a head restraint
fitted to the front passenger’s seat, and to the
Your front passenger seat must be securely mounted
and capable of being fully and properly adjusted.
Broken or unstable seats are not acceptable.
Visual or audio recording equipment is not
permitted during your test.
Only you and your assigned driver tester are allowed
in the vehicle during your test. You’re not permitted
to carry any other passengers, including pets.
During your test, your vehicle is considered an
enclosed workspace and needs to be smoke-free
in accordance with the Public Health (Tobacco) Act,
2004. Please do not smoke in your vehicle before
your test. This is to help you ensure there is no
residual smoke or smoke odour present during
Your vehicle should have reasonably clean seating
and seat covering, i.e. free from excessive dust and
dirt, dampness or moisture.
Vehicle restrictions to be aware of
Vehicles hired under a hire agreement are not
generally insured for a driving test.
If you plan to use such a vehicle, you must get a
note from the hire company indicating that it is
insured for your driving test. Give this note to your
driver tester on the day of the test.
Vehicles used as taxis or hackneys are not
permitted to be used as driving test vehicles unless
the appropriate rate of Vehicle Excise Duty has
been paid, i.e. Class Private.
Vehicles registered outside the State are not
accepted for test purposes.
Please note: outside of the requirements listed above,
there may be other elements that would lead a tester
to conclude that a vehicle is not in a suitable condition
to conduct the test. Be sure to double-check your
vehicle is in a sufficiently roadworthy condition and is
able to meet these health and safety requirements.