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Driving Instructor

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.

Competent Authority

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is the competent authority for driving instructors in Ireland.

Since 2009, driving instruction in Ireland has been a regulated industry. The regulations cover standard of instruction, examinations to be passed as well as penalties for breaches of the law.
To work as a driving instructor in Ireland, an instructor must be on the RSA’s Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) and display an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) permit. To become registered and get an ADI full permit, each instructor is assessed by the RSA to ensure they have the necessary:

  • Knowledge of rules of the road and road safety
  • Driving ability
  • Ability to teach a learner driver
  • ADIs also undergo Garda vetting.#


Procedures required for becoming an Approved Driving Instructor in Ireland

If you are a driving instructor who is intending to provide services based in Ireland, you may obtain comprehensive information on the relevant procedures required, in the following links on the Road Safety Authority's website below:


Associated Fees

For the most current ADI fees please see the RSA website here.

Contact details

ADI Unit , Driver Education Section
Road Safety Authority
Primrose Hill
Dublin Road
Co Mayo

Tel: +353 96 25000 

E-mail: drivereducation@rsa.ie