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Foreign CPC drivers relocating to Ireland

If you have completed Driver CPC training in another EU country, this training might be accepted as part the training you have to complete in Ireland.

Please note, to get a Certificate of Competency (CPC) qualification to drive a truck or bus professionally, you must first exchange your truck or bus licence for an Irish Licence.

If you wish to drive a truck and have not qualified for a Certificate of Competency (CPC) to drive a bus or truck professionally in Ireland, and you now want to get the Driver CPC, you will need to follow one of these instructions, depending on which of these three groups you are in (you can contact the RSA if you need help with this):

If you have completed Driver CPC training in another EU country, this training might be accepted as part the training you have to complete in Ireland. You can contact the RSA at the address below to confirm this. Training completed outside of the EU cannot be counted towards a CPC qualification

You must send us the following:

  • a copy of the front and back of your current valid driving licence
  • your name and address
  • your phone number
  • your email address
  • your original training certificates from the other EU country (you must include the original documents - photocopies are not accepted).

Send your documents to:

CPC Qualifications
Driver Education Section
Road Safety Authority
Moy Valley Business Park
Primrose Hill
Ballina
Co. Mayo F26 V6E4

If the documents are not in English

You need to send them with an English translation on headed paper from a translator or embassy.

After we review your documents

We will tell you if any of the training you have completed in another EU country is accepted as part of your periodic training in Ireland.

We will contact you to let you know how many of the Irish Driver CPC modules you still need to complete to get your Irish Driver CPC card. We will also return your original documents to the address you supplied.

Once you qualify for Driver CPC you must comply with driver hours and tachograph rules.

If you have a full driving licence for a bus and/or truck and it was issued before 10 September 2008 for buses or before 10 September 2009 for trucks you must:

  • Exchange your driving licence for an Irish one
  • If you exchange your licence for an Irish one that has the same bus or truck category, you will have the right to CPC in Ireland for that category without having to do the two theory tests and CPC vehicle walk-around test.
  • Complete 35 hours training (five modules for a truck or a bus, or six if both truck and bus). Please contact an RSA-Approved Driver CPC training organisation to complete this training.
  • When you have finished your 35 hours training with the RSA-Approved Driver CPC training organisation you can send us a completed application form for your CPC qualification card.
  • When we receive your application form and photographs, having verified everything is correct we will send you your CPC card.
  • Your CPC card will be valid for five years from when you have completed the necessary steps.
  • On receipt of your CPC card, you must complete CPC periodic training modules over five years. You must complete one CPC module in a training day every year in an RSA Approved Driver CPC Training Organisation (six days if you need to keep both truck and bus CPC).

If you have a full driving licence for a bus and/or truck and it was issued on or after 10 September 2008 for buses, or on or after 10 September 2009 for trucks you must:

Once you qualify for Driver CPC you must comply with driver hours and tachograph rules.

You must go through all the steps to get an Irish Licence and CPC:

Once you qualify for Driver CPC you must comply with driver hours and tachograph rules.