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8. Driving licence

 

When you pass the practical driving test you are issued with a certificate of competency. When you pass the walkaround test you are issued with a copy of the tester's marking sheet with your score. The certificate and marking sheet do not entitle you to drive as a full CPC licence holder. You must abide by the rules of your learner permit until you are issued with a full driving licence.

You must apply for your driving licence within two years of receipt of your certificate of competency and walkaround test score. If you don't apply for your licence within this time your certificate of competency and walkaround test score will no longer be valid and you will have to pay for and sit both the driving test and walkaround test again.

You can apply for a driving licence online at NDLS.ie with a Public Services Card and verified MyGovID or in person at your local National Driver Licence Service centre.

Only once you are in possession of a full valid driving licence are you legally allowed to drive while unaccompanied.

Watch the Licence application using NDLS Online video

Apply for your driving licence within two years

You must apply for your driving licence within two years of receipt of your certificate of competency and walkaround test score. If you don't apply for your licence within this time your certificate of competency and walkaround test score will no longer be valid and you will have to pay for and sit both the driving test and walkaround test again.


Driving licence fees

The fee for a new five-year CPC licence is €55.00. The application fee to add a new category to an existing driving licence is €35.00. Other licence durations and fees may apply to you. You can pay by these methods.


Location of NDLS centres

There are 36 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide.


How to apply for your driving licence 

Apply online with MyGovID

You can now quickly and easily apply for your driving licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is your Public Services Card and your verified MyGovID for safe, secure access to ndls.ie

To apply for a driving licence online you will need the following:

Apply in person at any NDLS centre

To apply for your driving licence in person you will need the following:

 

Book an appointment online to attend an NDLS centre

Due to social distancing requirements, a walk-in service is no longer available. You will need to book an appointment online to attend any of the 36 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres in person. We ask that you familiarise yourself with the Covid-19 safety measures for NDLS centres before your visit and please ensure that you have the required forms and ID prepared in advance to minimise any possible delays on the day.

The National Driver Licensing Service is currently only accepting debit or credit card payments and GooglePay or Apple Pay. 

Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre.


Frequently asked questions

You can apply to renew your driving licence up to three months before your current driving licence expires. 

You can now quickly and easily renew your driving licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is your Public Services Card and your verified MyGovID for safe, secure access to NDLS.ie 

To renew your driving licence online you will need the following: 

You can apply to renew your driving licence up to three months before your current driving licence expires. 

To renew your driving licence in person at an NDLS centre you will need the following: 

Book an appointment online 

Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre. 

You can apply in person at any of the 36 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide.

You can now quickly and easily renew and replace your driving licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is your Public Services Card and your verified MyGovID for safe, secure access to NDLS.ie 

If you have to replace a lost, stolen or damaged driving licence, you will need the following: 

If you have to replace a lost or stolen driving licence, you will need the following: 

Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre. 

You can apply in person at any of the 36 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide

You can now quickly and easily manage your driving licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is your Public Services Card and your verified MyGovID for safe, secure access to NDLS.ie 

To add another category to your driving licence online you will need the following: 

To add another category to your driving licence in person you will need the following: 

Book an appointment online 

Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre. 

You can apply in person at any of the 36 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide