New Driving Test Center opens in Ballina

New Driving Test Center opens in Ballina

The Official Opening of the New Permanent Driver Theory Test Center in Ballina, Co Mayo  Friday July 7, 2017



Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), officially opened the new permanent Driver Theory Centre in Market Lane, Ballina today. The test centre in Ballina is the first of two new permanent centres in Co Mayo, which will replace locations previously served by a mobile testing vehicle. The new Westport test centre is due to open in late August.


Twenty-eight new permanent facilities are being opened around the country as part of the new Driver Theory Test service contract the RSA awarded to Prometric in a public tender last year.  These permanent centres will contribute to the towns where they are located in a number of ways that support the local commercial life and environment.


In total, the Driver Theory Test service will operate in 40 permanent test centres across the country. This replaces the previous model which had 16 permanent centres and 24 locations served by mobile testing vehicles.  This new network of test centres will allow for the delivery of the next-generation of theory exams for novice and professional drivers, emergency services personnel and driving instructors, as well as offer a comfortable experience for all theory test candidates.  It also will facilitate the administration of new ID verification procedures based on the Public Services Card, which is now an integral part of the driver theory test application process.


“I am very pleased to be opening this new permanent test centre in Ballina, and that under the new contract for the Driver Theory Test service, Prometric will be providing permanent purpose-built testing facilities in every county in the country,  delivering a convenient,  high-quality, candidate centred service for driver testing applicants,“ said Moyagh Murdock.


About the Driver Theory Test Service

The service is operated by Prometric Ireland Ltd. on behalf of the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The Driver Theory Test, Driver CPC Theory Test, ESDS and ADI Theory Tests are available in 40 Test Centre locations across the country as part of the RSA’s driver testing and licensing process, supporting the National Road Safety Strategy.  Under a new contract which commenced in June 2017, the Driver Theory Test service is rolling out a new network of 40 permanent test centre locations. 24 locations previously serviced by mobile testing vehicles are being replaced with new permanent brick & mortar locations providing greater convenience and a higher standard of service to RSA candidates. Prometric Ireland is a subsidiary of Prometric Inc. of Baltimore Maryland, USA and has its European operations headquarters in Dundalk, Co Louth. Prometric employs 200 staff in Ireland across 41 locations. For more information visit


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