Apply for a Test

The National Transport Authority’s Skills Development Programme for the SPSV industry includes procedures for testing and certifying operators’ knowledge of the industry and its regulatory framework, and of the area in which they operate. Applicants for local area hackney driver licences are not required to take the SPSV Entry Test.

About the Test

The SPSV Entry Test must be passed by all applicants before they can apply for an SPSV driver licence. It is designed to verify that the applicant knows the SPSV Regulations, that they are familiar with good practice in the industry, and that they have a good working knowledge of the county in which they wish to operate. This test includes two modules: the Industry Knowledge module and the Area Knowledge module.

SPSV drivers who were licensed before the introduction of the Skills Development Programme are strongly encouraged to take the Industry Knowledge Test in order to obtain the Authority’s certification. The test is designed to verify that they know the SPSV Regulations and that they are familiar with good practice in the industry.

Existing SPSV driver licence holders who wish to be licensed to stand or ply for hire in an additional county must pass the Area Knowledge Test for that county. The test is designed to verify that they have a good working knowledge of the county in which they wish to operate.

How to Book a Test

  • By telephone on 0761 064000

You will need:

  • Your contact details;
  • Your PPS number;
  • A full Irish driving licence or a driving licence from another EU, EEA or other recognised state; and
  • The test fee of €90, which can be paid by credit or debit card, bank draft or postal order.

If you have any special requirements please specify them at the time of booking. There are various options available to assist candidates with special reading needs in taking the test. You can apply to have extra time to take your test or request one-to-one assistance. For further information please call 1890 340 123 or visit

The SPSV Entry Test consists of 90 questions, in two sections. The first section – the Industry Knowledge Module – consists of 54 questions relating to regulations and good practice in the SPSV industry, as set out in The Official Manual for Operating in the SPSV Industry. The second section – the Area Knowledge Module – consists of 36 questions relating to the county in which the applicant wishes to be licensed. The test lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes in total.

The Industry Knowledge Test consists of 54 questions, and lasts approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.

The Area Knowledge Test consists of 36 questions, and lasts approximately 35 minutes.

Test administration

When your application has been processed, you will be notified by email or post of the date, time and location of your test, and reminded of the documentation that you must take with you to the test.

When you arrive at the test centre, your identification will be checked – bring your current driving licence with you for this purpose. Once your identification and relevant documentation have been validated, you will be taken to a workstation to complete the test.

To take the test, you use a mouse or a touch-screen to answer questions that are presented to you on a computer screen. Each question is presented along with a number of alternative answers. In some cases, only one of the answers presented is correct and you are asked to select the answer you think is correct by clicking on or touching your chosen option. In other cases, you are asked to identify which two of the answers presented are correct by selecting them in the same way.

Before the test starts, a short demonstration will show you how to answer the questions, and you can answer some practice questions to get used to the system. You do not need to be able to use a computer to take the test.

If you make a mistake or change your mind, you can cancel your answer. If you want to skip a question, you can come back and answer it at the end. At the end of each section, you can review your answers and, if you wish, change them.

Your test is scored automatically and you get the results immediately.