Brexit and Driving Licences


The EU has agreed a Brexit extension that will see the UK leave the EU on 31 January 2020 (or an earlier date if mutually agreed). If the UK leave without a deal a UK/NI driving licence held by an Irish resident will not be valid to drive here. Because of this uncertainty the advice of the RSA is that holders of such licences resident here should take immediate steps to exchange their UK/NI licence for an Irish one.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, then under the arrangements currently being considered, UK/NI driving licences will continue to be valid in the same way as they are today up to 31 December 2020- the end of the transition period.

If you do not submit your original UK/NI licence with your exchange application the NDLS will be unable to validate your application without significant delays.

In the absence of alternative arrangements with the UK, you may have to apply for a learner permit if you wish to continue to drive in Ireland. It may also have implications for your insurance cover after this date.

To exchange your licence you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK licence at any NDLS centre. You can make an appointment online at to attend any of our 36 NDLS centres. We also offer a walk-in service, but be advised there can be significant wait times for those without appointments.

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