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Manage your learner permit

How to renew or replace your learner permit, update personal details and add a new category.

Your learner permit is an official document and you must carry it with you at all times while driving. It's important to keep your learner permit, and any personal details it includes, up to date. You can renew your learner permit up to three months before it's due to expire.

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How to renew your learner permit

You can apply to renew your learner permit within three months of its expiry date.

You can now quickly and easily renew your learner permit online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person.

All you need is the following:

Renew your learner permit online now 

You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre. You will need to bring the required supporting documents, ID and fee. An application form is no longer required. Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre.

To apply in person at an NDLS centre you will need the following:

  • Your current or most recent learner permit. If your permit has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must also bring valid photo ID with you.
  • Proof of your personal public services number (PPSN).
  • If applying for a third or subsequent learner permit, you must have taken and failed a driving test in the previous two years or have made an application for a driving test.
  • Fully completed medical report form dated within one month, if required in your case.
  • Proof of your address dated within the last six months is required if your current address is not recorded on your permit and it differs from that provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) if and when you applied for a PSC.
  • Proof that you are normally resident in Ireland if your place of birth and nationality are outside the EU/EEA
  • Your application fee of €35.00. You can only pay by credit or debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay or Payzone voucher. If you are aged 70 years or over you are exempt from paying the fee.

You can apply in person at any of the 34 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide

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How to replace a lost, stolen or damaged learner permit

You can now quickly apply for your replacement learner permit online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person.

To replace a lost, stolen or damaged learner permit online, all you need is the following:

Replace your learner permit online now.

You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre. You will need to bring the required supporting documents, ID and fee. An application form is no longer required. Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre.

To apply in person at an NDLS centre you will need the following:

You can apply in person at any of the 34 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide.

Book an appointment now

How to update personal details on a learner permit

If your name has changed since your last application you must first have updated your name with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP)

Then, all you need is the following:

Apply online to update personal details on a learner permit now

You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre. You will need to bring the required supporting documents and ID. An application form is no longer required. Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre.

To apply in person at an NDLS centre you will need the following:

(a)  original civil marriage certificate* or civil partnership certificate;

(b)  original evidence of divorce/separation or dissolution of civil partnership or evidence of initiation of same: a  judicial separation court order or a separation agreement or a divorce decree or a letter from a solicitor confirming that a separation has been sought. In addition, you should submit your original UK/Irish birth certificate or your original civil marriage certificate* or original civil partnership certificate to confirm your birth surname;

(c)  evidence that you are using the Irish version of your name i.e. two official documents that show you've been using your new name for two years on the date of application at the NDLS centre.

(d)  evidence of your name change i.e. original Irish deed poll document which has been enrolled in the Irish High Court. 

  • Fully completed medical report form dated within one month, if required in your case.
  • Proof of your address dated within the last six months is required if your current address is not recorded on your permit and it differs from that provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) if and when you applied for a PSC.
  • Proof that you are normally resident in Ireland if your place of birth and nationality are outside the EU/EEA.
  • There is no fee for making an application to amend personal details unless your learner permit is also due for renewal or has been lost, stolen or damaged, in which case the application fee is €35.00. You can only pay by credit or debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay or Payzone voucher. If you are aged 70 years or over you are exempt from paying the fee.

*Certified translations are required for all marriage certificates or civil partnership certificates which are not in English or Irish. Translations must be provided by a reputable company who must be a member of the Irish Translator and Interpreters Association. The original marriage or civil partnership certificate must be submitted together with the certified translation.

You can apply in person at any of the 34 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide

Book an Appointment now

How to add a category to a learner permit

All you need is the following:

Add a category to a learner permit online now

You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre. You will need to bring the required supporting documents, ID and fee. An application form is no longer required. Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre.

To apply in person at an NDLS centre you will need the following:

You can apply in person at any of the 34 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide

Book an Appointment now

How to apply for a learner permit when you hold a full licence in another category

All you need is the following:

Apply online for a learner permit when you hold a full licence in another category now

You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre. You will need to bring the required supporting documents, ID and fee. An application form is no longer required. Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre.

To apply in person at an NDLS centre you will need the following:

You can apply in person at any of the 34 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide

Book an Appointment now

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