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Converting your driving licence to an Irish driving licence

Converting your driving licence/If you hold a UK driving licence, you can drive in Ireland if you live in the UK and are visiting Ireland. You are no longer able to drive on your UK licence if you live in Ireland. You can still exchange it for an Irish licence provided the licence is valid or is not expired for more than 1 year.

You can exchange a driving licence issued by an EU member state or an EEA member state (Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) for an Irish driving licence.

You can also exchange a driving licence issued by certain recognised states for an Irish driving licence. See ‘Recognised states below’.

If your driving licence was issued by a country that is not recognised for driving licence exchange, you cannot exchange your licence for an Irish licence. You will need to go through the full driver licensing procedure starting with the driver theory test. However, when you have your learner permit, you will only need to take 6 essential driver training (EDT) lessons instead of the usual 12 lessons.

UK Licences and Brexit

If you live in Ireland and have a UK driving licence, your licence is no longer recognised in Ireland. You should exchange your licence for an Irish licence as soon as possible. You cannot exchange a UK licence if it has been expired for more than one year. You will continue to be licensed during the exchange process. The National Driver Licence Service will give you a receipt to confirm you are exchanging a licence.

The NDLS has published a useful FAQ document on Brexit and driving licences.

Recognised states

You can exchange your licence if it was issued by an EU or EEA country. If you wish to exchange your EU or EEA licence, you must do so within 10 years of its expiry date. You can also exchange a UK licence.

Exchange your UK driving licence to an Irish driving licence without loosing the UK licence.

EU/ EEA, UK Group 1 licence still valid

If your EU/ EEA driving licence remains valid, you are not required to exchange it at this time. You may continue to drive until your licence expires. An EU/ EEA driving licence may be exchanged even if it has expired. 

EU/EEA Group 2 licence still valid – Driver under 65

If your EU/ EEA driving licence remains valid, you are not required to exchange it at this time. You may continue to drive until you reach the age of 66 years, or for a period of five years from the date you became resident in the United Kingdom, whichever is the earlier, provided your licence remains valid. An EU/ EEA driving licence may be exchanged even if it has expired. 

Designated Countries

If your exchangeable driving licence remains valid, you are not required to exchange it at this time. You may continue to drive for a period of one year from the date you became resident in Northern Ireland, provided your driving licence remains valid. An exchangeable licence can be exchanged within a period of five years from the date you became resident in Northern Ireland

Driving licences from other countries which are exchangeable

Converting your driving licence to an Irish driving licence/If you hold a UK driving licence, you can drive in Ireland if you live in the UK

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