April 2011 saw the introduction of new rules in relation to learning to drive and preparing for your driving test. Any learner who has a learner permit issued on or after 4th April 2011 will have to take 12 driving lessons before they will be allowed to sit a driving test. Please check out www.rsa.ie/edt for more information.
The provisional licence has been replaced by a learner permit to emphasise the fact that the holder is learning to drive.
Existing provisional licences will continue in force until their expiry date after which the holder will be issued with a learner permit. Anyone with a learner permit must be accompanied at all times while driving.