Living abroad and working on a task of fixed duration or attending college.
Whether you are holidaying abroad or perhaps staying for a longer duration due to work or study commitments, or even taking up residence overseas, there are certain licensing requirements that must be met if you wish to drive in that country.
Taking up residence abroad
- European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) - if you are taking up residence in the (EU/EEA) you can drive on your current Irish driving licence once it is valid, or exchange it in that country within 10 years of its expiry.
- Recognised states - if you are taking up residence in any of the recognised states including the UK you can exchange your current Irish driving licence in that country within one year of expiry.
- Non-recognised states - if you are taking up residence in any non-recognised state you will need to comply with the licensing rules of that country
Find out more information about Irish licence holders taking up residence abroad.
Foreign licence holders taking up residence in Ireland
Living in Ireland on a foreign driving licence
Living, working or studying abroad for a limited time.
If you are normally resident in Ireland but are currently working or studying abroad, you can apply online to renew or replace your Irish driving licence. All you need is your Public Service Card (PSC) and a verified MyGovID.
If however you don’t have a PSC and a verified MyGovID, you will need to provide documentary evidence as part of the application process and this is outlined in detail on the NDLS.ie website.
If you lose your licence while travelling abroad
If your Irish driving licence is lost or stolen while you’re abroad you can apply online for a replacement. All you need is your Public Service Card (PSC) and a verified MyGovID. The new licence will be posted to the address listed in your MyGovID account. Alternatively, you can apply in person at one of our NDLS centres when you return.
International Driving Permits
An international driving permit is a translation of your driving licence and may be required if you’re driving in a country outside the EU/EEA. You should also carry your full driving licence as you may have to present it when hiring a vehicle.
International driving permits are only available to Irish residents with a current full driving licence. They are issued by the Automobile Association (AA) and are valid one year from the date of issue.
There are two types of international driving permits:
- A 1949 Convention International Driving Permit – this is the most commonly issued driving permit and is recognised in most countries.
- A 1926 Convention International Driving Permit - this is required for the following countries: Brazil, Iraq, Nigeria and Somalia.
To apply for an international driving permit, you will need to download and complete an IDP form and post it to AA. More detailed instructions on the application process can be found on the AA International Driving Permits page.