How to apply for

Driving Licence


How to apply for

Learner Permit

Manitoba licence holders can exchange a Class 5, I of F driving licence for the category B (car restricted to automatic transmission). You will also be given a category W (Tractor).

You can also exchange a Class 6, stage I and F driving licence for the category A1 (small motorcycle).

Please note that an original driver’s abstract/statement is required with Manitoba exchanges. However if a driver exchanging a Manitoba Licence has a current entitlement in Ireland, a driver’s abstract/statement will not be required.

Ontario licence holders can exchange a G or G2 driving licence for the category B (car) restricted to automatic transmission. Please note that an original driver’s abstract/statement is required with Ontario exchanges. However if a driver exchanging an Ontario Licence has a current entitlement in Ireland, a driver’s abstract/statement is not required

Motorcycle & Car are the only categories recognised for exchange between Ireland and Taiwan. Anyone applying to exchange a licence from Taiwan should first get a letter of entitlement from the Taipei Representative Office. To apply for a letter of entitlement letter/ Driver statement the applicant needs to email hmlin@mofa.gov.tw or twnirl@gmail.com with electronic copies of driver licence (both sides), passport, and contact telephone and address.

Motorcycle & Car are the only categories recognised for exchange between Ireland & New Zealand
A certified translation of the licence will be required. This is available from the South Korean Embassy in Dublin

Proof of a South African driving licence is currently issued in a credit card format.  This credit card format expires every 5 years however the driving licence of the individual may remain valid in South Africa even if the card expires.

If applying for exchange of a South African driving licence and the credit card licence has expired, an original letter of entitlement / driver statement will be required from the South African authorities confirming the period of time the licence entitlement is valid for.

A certified translation of the licence will be required

Anyone presenting a driving licence from Vic Roads must sign a declaration to allow Vic Roads licensing authority to release information to the NDLS if required. This is to be able to verify the details of the driving licence they wish to exchange. This release form is available to download here if required.

Renew a driving licence

First time driving licence

Add or remove a category

  • Application form for Driving licence D401 (Fully completed)
  • Cert of Competency (dated within 2 years) (if applicable) or IBT if gaining the bike category through the progressive option
  • Current Learner Permit
  • Current Full licence
  • If you do not have your most recent licence/permit you must present a completed lost licence declaration (question 17 on D401) together with valid Photographic ID if both are lost
  • NDLS medical form (dated within 1 month) if required
  • Evidence of IBT if required
  • Evidence of CPC if required
  • Evidence of PPSN
  • If the address has changed since your last learner permit/ driving licence was issued, you must provide evidence of new address (must be dated within 6 months)
  • Relevant fee
  • Your Photograph and signature will be captured at the NDLS office

Personal Details Change

Change of name

There are several circumstances that may require a change of name:

I want my driving licence/learner permit to reflect my marriage/civil partnership name - what must I submit?

  • Application form for Driving Licence D401 (Fully completed)
  • Current/ most recent driving licence / Learner permit
  • If you do not have your most recent licence you must present a completed lost licence declaration (question 17 on D401)
  • Your original civil marriage certificate* or original civil partnership certificate*, if primary photographic ID is not already in your married name.
  • NDLS medical form (dated within 1 month) if required
  • Evidence of IBT if required
  • Evidence of CPC if required
  • Evidence of PPSN. This must be in the marriage name unless providing a marriage cert to show link between original name and marriage name
  • Photographic ID
  • Relevant fee
  • Your Photograph and signature will be captured at the NDLS office

*Certified translations are required for all marriage certificates or civil partnership certificates which are not in English or Irish. Translations must be provided by a reputable company who must be a member of the Irish Translator and Interpreters Association. The original marriage or civil partnership certificate must be submitted together with the certified translation.

Otherwise, you will need to submit Photographic ID in your married name or two official documents from the list that we accept for Evidence of Address or PPSN that show you've been using your married name for two years on the date of application at the NDLS centre.

I want to revert to my pre marriage/ civil partnership name – what documents do I need to submit with my application?

If you've been using a married name and want to revert to your maiden name on your driving licence, you need to submit:

  • Application form for Driving Licence D401 (Fully completed)
  • Current/ most recent driving licence / Learner permit
  • If you do not have your most recent licence you must present a completed lost licence declaration (question 17 on D401)
  • Original evidence of divorce/separation or dissolution of civil partnership or evidence of 

    initiation of same for example; a judicial separation court order or a separation agreement 

    or a divorce decree or a letter from a solicitor confirming that a separation has been sought
  • Your original UK/Irish birth certificate or your original civil marriage certificate or original civil partnership certificate
  • Evidence of PPSN
  • Evidence of IBT if required
  • Evidence of CPC if required
  • Photographic ID
  • Relevant fee
  • Your Photograph and signature will be captured at the NDLS office

Otherwise, you will need to submit Photographic ID in your pre marriage name or two official documents from the list that we accept for Evidence of Address or PPSN that show you've been using your pre marriage name for two years on the date of application at the NDLS centre.

I’ve changed my name by Deed Poll - what documents do I need to submit with my application?

If you’ve changed your name by Deed poll and wish to change the name that appears on your licence, you need to submit:

  • Application form for Driving Licence D401 (Fully completed)
  • Current/ most recent driving licence / Learner permit
  • If you do not have your most recent licence you must present a completed lost licence declaration (question 17 on D401)
  • Original deed poll document, please note only deed polls enrolled in the High Court in Ireland are acceptable
  • Evidence of PPSN which must be in the new name
  • NDLS medical form (dated within 1 month) if required
  • Evidence of PPSN
  • Evidence of IBT if required
  • Evidence of CPC if required
  • Photographic ID
  • Relevant fee
  • Your Photograph and signature will be captured at the NDLS office

Otherwise, you will need to submit Photographic ID in your new name or two official documents that show you've been using your new name for two years on the date of application at the NDLS centre.

I wish to use the Irish version of my name - what documents do I need to submit with my application?

If you wish to use the Irish version of your name on your licence, you need to submit:

  • Application form for Driving Licence D401 (Fully completed)
  • Current/ most recent driving licence / Learner permit
  • If you do not have your most recent licence you must present a completed lost licence declaration (question 17 on D401)
  • NDLS medical form (dated within 1 month) if required
  • Evidence of IBT if required
  • Evidence of CPC if required
  • Evidence of PPSN
  • Relevant fee
  • Your Photographic ID in the Irish version of your name or two official documents that show you've been using your new name for two years on the date of application at the NDLS centre
  • Your Photograph and signature will be captured at the NDLS office

I wish to use my usage name - what documents do I need to submit with my application?

If the name by which you are known now differs from the name entered on your birth/adoption certificate or most recent photographic ID, other than through civil marriage, civil partnership or change of name via deed poll you will be required to submit:

  • Application form for Driving Licence D401 (Fully completed)
  • Current/ most recent driving licence / Learner permit
  • If you do not have your most recent licence you must present a completed lost licence declaration (question 17 on D401)
  • NDLS medical form (dated within 1 month) if required
  • Evidence of IBT if required
  • Evidence of CPC if required
  • Evidence of PPSN which must be in the usage name
  • Relevant fee
  • Your Photographic ID in the usage name or two official documents that show you've been using your new name for two years on the date of application at the NDLS centre
  • Your Photograph and signature will be captured at the NDLS office

Change of address:

If your address has changed in any way since your last application you must submit:

  • Application form for Driving Licence D401 (Fully completed)
  • Current/ most recent driving licence / Learner permit
  • If you do not have your most recent licence you must present a completed lost licence declaration (question 17 on D401)
  • Evidence if your new address from the approved list and dated within 6 months
  • NDLS medical form (dated within 1 month) if required
  • Evidence of IBT if required
  • Evidence of CPC if required
  • Evidence of PPSN
  • Relevant fee

Please Note: Replacement applications can not be accepted where the reason for the change is the addition of an Eircode

The NDLS centres cannot accept the following documentation as proof of address.

Change of medical details:

If, following consultation with your GP, your medical condition is one that needs to be noted on your driver record you must submit a Medical Report Form to the NDLS. You will need to apply for a change of personal details through any NDLS centre.

You will need to attend in person at any NDLS centre with the following documentation:

If you have more questions on this please email medicalfitness@rsa.ie or telephone 1890 40 60 40

Replace a lost, stolen or damaged licence

Where you are applying for a replacement for a lost, stolen licence, you must submit:

Where you are applying for a replacement for a damaged licence, you must submit:

Exchange a foreign licence

Click here to get information about exchanging a foreign licence.

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