The UK is due to leave the European Union. For how this may affect you see the details provided in this section.

Brexit and Driving Licences

In advance of a possible no-deal Brexit which could be as early as 1 June 2019 if the UK decides not to participate in the EU elections the driving licence of a UK/NI licence holder living here in Ireland will not be recognised and the driver will not be able to continue to drive here in Ireland on that licence.

The advice to such drivers is that they should exchange their UK/NI driving licence for an Irish driving licence. Under current arrangements a UK/NI licence holder resident here in Ireland has an entitlement to make such an exchange.

In such a case the driver will have all valid licence categories on their driver licence included on the Irish licence. There are some limited exceptions where what are known as national licences categories cannot be transferred to the Irish licence. You may need to speak to the DVLA to find out if you have any national categories on your UK/NI licence.

To exchange your licence you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK licence at an NDLS centre. Each of the 36 NDLS centres operate a walk in service and an appointment is not required to make your application. Some additional opening hours have been made available with priority given to UK exchange licences. Details of centre opening hours are available here.

Exchanging your licence is not available online you will have to attend an NDLS centre - you will get more information on the process here

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is planning to put in place appropriate arrangements that will allow for the exchange of a UK/NI driving licence for an Irish driving licence following Brexit. Further information once confirmed will be available here.

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Brexit and CPC

In the Event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement (Hard Brexit), UK driving licences and CPC qualifications issued in the UK will no longer be recognised in any of the 27 EU member states.

Any driver with a UK licence and CPC card who is resident or working in Ireland is advised to exchange their licence and CPC card for an Irish licence and CPC card in advance of this date.

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Brexit and Digital Tachograph

If you hold a UK or Northern Ireland driving licence for a truck or bus, are a resident of Ireland, and obtained your digital tachograph driving card from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) it is important to understand that in the event of a no deal Brexit you are advised to exchange your UK driving licence for an Irish one.

To qualify for an Irish Digital Tachograph card, you must:

• Have a valid Irish or EU driving licence with higher vehicle categories;
• Be a resident of Ireland with a PPS number.

Once you have exchanged your UK or Northern Ireland licence, then, you need apply online for a new/first time digital Tachograph Driver card.

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Brexit and Impacts of Type Approval on Motor Vehicles  

On 29 March 2017, the UK submitted the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. 

This Information Note is provided to industry in particular to provide some clarification in respect of Brexit  the United Kingdom’s (UK) future withdrawal from the European Union (EU).  It specifically concerns the type approval of Category M (passenger vehicles), N (goods vehicles), O (their trailers) and L (two and three-wheeled motor vehicles, e.g. motorcycles and mopeds).


Since 29 March 2017, negotiations have been underway between the EU and UK with the aim of arriving at a withdrawal agreement.  Should a withdrawal agreement be ratified by the EU and UK, it is likely that current rules around type approval will remain in place up to 31 December 2020, i.e. businesses and manufacturers will be able to operate under the same trading rules as they currently do with respect to type approval. 


All EU law will cease to apply to the UK from the Brexit date.  This includes EU law relating to type approval of motor vehicles.

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For more information on all Brexit related issues and getting Ireland Brexit ready please visit the Governments website here