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There are six driving theory test centres in Northern Ireland:

  • Ballymena 

  • Belfast

  • Londonderry

  • Newry

  • Omagh

  • Portadown

You can find the full list of addresses by clicking here.


You are advised to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time of your test.

On arrival at the centre you will be asked your name and both parts of your licence will be checked.

You will be asked to store any belongings you have in a locker. You can keep the key with you during the test. All mobile phones must be switched off. You will be given a copy of the test procedures and given a few minutes to read over them.

The invigilator staff will then check you in by signing a registration log and confirming your details. You will be shown into the testing room and allocated an individual booth to sit your test.

Check the details on the screen and if they're right press 'Start' on the screen to start your test.

Should you have any problems in the testing room, raise your hand and a member of staff will come to you.

When you've finished the test you are free to quietly leave the testing room. Staff will ask you to sign out and collect any belongings from the locker. You can take a seat in the waiting room to await your results.


Your responses to the multiple choice and hazard perception parts of the test are recorded through the use of a computer mouse button.

If you pass one part and fail the other, you fail the whole test and will need to take both parts again.

When you take the theory test, you will be asked some specific questions about the particular category of test being taken (motorcycles or cars), as well as questions that apply to all road users.

Part one - multiple choice

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the right answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.

Car drivers and motorcyclists will be asked 50 questions and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. You will have just under an hour to answer the questions. If you have reading problems, you can apply for additional time, and have just less than two hours to answer the questions.

Some of the multiple choice questions will be presented to you in the form of a case study. A case study shows a scenario on which five questions will be based. The subject of the scenario will focus on real life examples and experiences that you might meet when driving.

Part two - hazard perception

After the break you’ll be shown a short tutorial clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

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