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Exchange your foreign licence

How to exchange foreign and UK licences for an Irish driving licence.

If you have a driving licence issued by an EU/EEA member state you can drive in Ireland as long as your existing licence is valid. If you wish to exchange your driving licence for an equivalent Irish driving licence, you must do so within 10 years of your driving licence expiring. 

Since 1 January 2021 if you are resident in Ireland and hold a UK/NI driving licence it is no longer valid to drive in Ireland.  It is not legal for driving purposes and must be exchanged. 

As a visitor to Ireland you can drive on a driving licence from any state outside the EU/EEA for up to one year provided the driving licence is current and valid. However, on taking up 'normal residence' in Ireland you must either exchange your driving licence or apply for a driving licence in Ireland. 

Further information on Exchanging a Foreign Licence from EU/EEA countries and recognised states.


Exchanging your licence for an Irish licence

You can now quickly and easily exchange your EU/EEA licence for an Irish licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is the following: 

Please Note: In some cases, we will need to contact the country that issued your licence and this may cause a delay in issuing you an Irish licence.

Apply to exchange your foreign EU/EEA licence online at ndls.ie 

Apply in person at an NDLS centre

You can now quickly and easily exchange your UK/NI licence for an Irish licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is the following: 

  • A Public Services Card (PSC) and verified MyGovID
  • Current or most recent UK/NI driving licence (to be submitted by post to the address provided to you during the online application process) If your licence is expired by less than one year or does not have a category start date you will need to submit an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the relevant licensing authority or 
  • You must submit your most recent UK/N.I licence, If you do not have it in your possession, you will need to submit an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the appropriate licensing authority after you make your online application. This must be submitted by post to the address provided to you during the online application process. 
  • 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. 
  • Fully completed eyesight report form dated within one month if required unless your application is accompanied by a medical report form dated within one month, if required in your case. 
  • Completed relevant (CPC) training, if driving professionally. 
  • If exchanging a NI licence it must be accompanied by the counterpart 
  • Your application fee of €55.00. You can pay by credit or debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay. If you are 70 years and over you are exempt from paying the fee. 
 

Apply to exchange your UK/NI licence online at ndls.ie 

Apply in person at an NDLS centre

 

You can now quickly and easily exchange your foreign licence for an Irish licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is the following:

  • Public Services Card and verified MyGovID.
  • Current or most recent foreign driving licence issued by recognised state (if your licence is expired by less than one year or does not have a category start date you will need to provide an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the relevant licensing authority)
  • If you do not have your most recent driving licence in your possession, you will need to post in an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the appropriate licensing authority after you complete your online application
  • Proof of your address dated within the last six months is required if your current address differs from that provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) 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.
  • Fully completed eyesight report form dated within one month, if required in your case.
  • Fully completed medical report form dated within one month, if required in your case.
  • Completed relevant driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), if required.
  • Application fee of €55.00. You can pay by credit or debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay. If you are aged 70 years or over you are exempt from paying the fee.

Certified translations are required for all Letters of Entitlement or Driver Statements which are not in English or Irish. Translations must be provided by a professional member of the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association (ITIA). The letter of entitlement must be submitted together with the certified translation.

Please Note: In some cases, we will need to contact the country that issued your licence and this may cause a delay in issuing you an Irish licence.

Apply online to exchange your foreign licence issued by a recognised state

Apply in person at an NDLS centre


Disqualification in EU country

You cannot apply for an Irish driving licence or learner if you are currently serving a disqualification from driving in an EU country.  

On expiry of your disqualification there may be conditions relating to your return to driving.  For further information view Disqualification in EU country.
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National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)

For frequently asked questions about exchanging your foreign licence, visit the NDLS website.