Applying for an SPSV driver licence

How to become a Taxi, Hackney and Limousine Driver – Get your SPSV Driver Licence
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An SPSV driver licence permits a driver to operate all categories of SPSV – taxi, hackney, and limousine.

Applicant Requirements:

SPSV driver licences to drive taxis, hackneys and limousines are granted to people:

  1. who have a pass certificate from the SPSV Driver Entry Test (see below)
  2. who have completed the free, online professional development course for Safeguarding and Disability Awareness.
  3. whose tax affairs are up to date (check
  4. who have held an Irish driving licence or a driving licence from another EU, EEA or other recognised state for at least 12 months, without endorsement
  5. who are confirmed by An Garda Síochána to be suitable persons to hold SPSV driver licences after a vetting process

There are 3 Steps in Applying for an SPSV Driver Licence:

  1. Book your SPSV Driver Entry Test for €90 by calling 0818 064 000, and successfully complete the test (see below)
  2. Complete the free, 30 minute online professional development course for Safeguarding and Disability Awareness. NTA will send a link on successful completion of the SPSV Driver Entry Test. There is no pass/fail requirement for this course but it must be completed prior to paying the SPSV driver application fee.
  3. Pay the €250 SPSV driver licence application fee
  4. Complete a PSV15 application form and submit it to your local Garda PSV office

The documents to be included in your PSV15 application to An Garda Síochána include the following:

  • The receipt for your driver licence application fee
  • Obtain three identical passport-style photographs, each measuring approximately 10cm by 7cm, showing your head and shoulders and complying in other respects with standards for passport photographs
  • Evidence that you are tax compliant (print an electronic tax clearance certificate or provide your Revenue access number from
  • Your standard Irish, EU, EEA or other recognised state driving licence
  • Your SPSV Driver Entry Test Certificate
  • Any other documents requested by An Garda Síochána.

How to sit the SPSV Driver Entry Test

The SPSV Driver Entry Test costs €90 and you can choose to sit it in our centres in Dublin, Cork, Galway or Sligo at a time that is convenient to you.

The test is divided into two parts which you do on the same day,

  • the Industry Knowledge Module
  • and the Area Knowledge module.

The format of the test is multiple choice, i.e. you choose the right answer(s) from the four options displayed on the screen in front of you.

The Industry Knowledge Module is designed to check that you are familiar with the relevant legislation and, most importantly, that you understand good practice in the industry when you provide services to the public.
This module has 54 multiple choice questions.
The Official Manual for Operating in the SPSV Industry (downloadable in print and audio below) is the only textbook for this and all the questions come from it. No further reading is required.

The Area Knowledge Module is designed to show you know how to find your way around your chosen county.
You select your county when booking your test.
This module consists of 36 multiple choice questions relating to the county in which you wish to be licensed.
This is for you to learn by studying maps and websites; walking, cycling or driving around the county streets, noting important landmarks, transport hubs, road systems (one-way streets etc…) and so on.

You must pass both modules of this SPSV Driver Entry Test before you can apply for an SPSV driver licence.

To book your test call the SPSV Information Line on 0818 064 000.

Safeguarding and Disability Awareness Professional Development Course

From 1st January 2024 all new SPSV driver applicants who pass the SPSV Driver Entry Test in 2024 and beyond will be required to complete a professional development course prior to commencing their new SPSV Driver Licence application. This is a free, online 30 minute course around Safeguarding and Disability Awareness. The course aims to provide information to professional drivers enabling them to provide a better service to vulnerable or disabled passengers. There is no pass or fail requirement for the course. The course objective is to raise awareness around the area of safeguarding and disability awareness for potential new drivers. Once a candidate has successfully passed the SPSV Driver Entry Test an email with a link to this course will be sent. The candidate can compete this on their mobile or desktop device.


The Official Manual for Operating in the SPSV Industry

As a new entrant to the industry, you are expected to be familiar with the content of The Official Manual for Operating in the PSV Industry, and to have a good working knowledge of the county in which you wish to be licensed.

The SPSV Entry Test is designed to verify that you know the SPSV Regulations, that you are familiar with good practice in the industry, and that you know your area. You must pass this test before you apply for an SPSV driver licence. Applicants for local area hackney driver licences are not required to take the SPSV Entry Test.

SPSV tests can be taken in one of 5 test centre locations around the country, and you can arrange to take your test at a time and location that is convenient.


Audio version of the SPSV Manual:


  1. The SPSV industry
  2. SPSV driver licensing
  3. Choosing a vehicle to use as an SPSV
  4. SPSV licensing
  5. Working as an SPSV operator
  6. Finding your way around
  7. Fares
  8. Delivering customer satisfaction
  9. Your SPSV business
  10. Staying safe
  11. Preparing for your test



  1. Vehicle age rules
  2. Local area hackneys
  3. Dispatch operator licensing