Apply for a digital tachograph driver card

Find out how to apply for a driver card, renew an expired card, replace a lost or stolen card, or exchange an EU driver card for an Irish one. You can also track an existing application online.  Please note this is NOT an application for a Plastic Card Driver Licence - this is an application for a digitial tachograph card.

Note!

This is NOT an application for a Plastic Card Driver Licence!!

When do I need to get my digital tachograph driver card renewed?

Digital tachograph driver cards expire every 5 years. You can apply to renew your digital tachograph driver card up to 28 days and no fewer than 15 days before your current card expires.

To be eligible for a renewal, you must:

  • Have a valid Irish tachograph card
  • Have a valid Irish or EU driving licence with a bus or truck category
  • Be a resident of Ireland with a PPS number

Fee

A digital tachograph card for a driver costs:

  • €45 if you apply online, or
  • €60 if you apply by post.

OPTION 1: Apply Online

  • online iconFill out the online application form and pay online.
  • garda icon

    Update your photo (optional)

    Take your new photo to any Garda station to be witnessed, and then send it with a printout of your application form to the RSA.
     
  • letter icon

    Non Irish EU driving licence only

    Send a printout of your application form, a copy of your valid drivers licence and proof of residence documents to the RSA.
     
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Benefits of applying online

  • It's cheaper
  • Online applications get processing priority
  • Quick and easy online payment facility
  • Ability to track your application online

OPTION 2: Apply by Post

  • printer iconFirst, download and print an application form (PDF) and fill out by hand.
  • letter iconSend your completed form and payment to the RSA. You can enclose a cheque, bank draft or postal order.
  • garda icon

    Update your photo (optional)

    Take your new photo to any Garda station to be witnessed, and then send it with a printout of your application form to the RSA.
     
  • letter icon

    Non Irish EU driving licence only

    Send a printout of your application form, a copy of your valid drivers licence and proof of residence documents to the RSA.
     

OPTION 3: Apply in person

You can apply for a driver card at our public office, where your documents will be checked on the spot. You must bring your:

  • Completed application form (PDF)
  • Original driver licence
  • ID document (passport or birth certificate)
  • Passport photograph
  • EU licence holders must also bring proof of residence (a photocopy of a bank statement, utility bill or PPSN letter issued from Dept of Social Protection, no more than 3 months old, are the only residency proofs acceptable)

To apply in person, visit us at: Road Safety Authority, Clonfert House, Bride Street, Loughrea, Co Galway.