How to apply for a Driving Licence

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 1890 40 60 40

Please note if you have supplied a medical to obtain existing licence/permit (101 notation on licence/permit) and terms of licence / permit are not being altered you may submit the NDLS Medical by Post to: Medical Fitness – Driver Licensing, Road Safety Authority, Primrose Hill, Dublin Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Click here to get information about exchanging a foreign licence.

Your age will determine the licence term you can apply for:

  • Under 60: 10-year cars and motorcycles, or 5 year for buses and HGVs.
  • 60-66: a licence that will expire when you reach 70
  • 67-69: 3-year licence
  • 70 or over: 3-year or 1-year licence (subject to certification of fitness to drive by your doctor)

The age in question is your age on the first day of the period for which the licence is being granted. A 1-year or 3 year licence may be granted in exceptional circumstances where, for medical reasons, a longer licence term cannot be granted.

Driving Licence
New Driving Licences and Renewals €55
Three Year Licence (Age or Medical Grounds) €35
One Year Licence (Medical Grounds) €25
Replacement or Duplicate Licence €35

Exchange a Foreign Licence

€55

Learner Permits

New learner permit and renewal applications.

Category added or removed.

€35

€35

* The Over 70's Renewal Driving Licences /Learner Permits will remain free

The National Driver Licence Service will accept the following payment methods with your application:

• Cash (where you attend in person at the NDLS centre)
• Cheque
• Bank draft
• Money order
• Debit card / credit card / prepaid credit card

The NDLS will only accept one method of payment for each application. The NDLS will only accept one payment for one application – a single payment for multiple applications will not be accepted.
Cheque, bank drafts or money orders must be made payable to 'National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)'. For applications paid for by cheque, please note that those applications will be placed on hold until the cheque clears.

The NDLS will process debit and credit card payments in accordance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) rules. If you wish to use a third party debit or credit card for payment, then the third party must be present in person to make the payment.

Licence Application Changes

From 5 June 2015 there will be changes that will, in some cases, affect the length of time driving licences and learner permits are valid for.

An example will explain the change- before 5 June 2015 a driver who applied to renew a ten year licence two months in advance of the existing one expiring got a new licence that lasted for ten years and two months from the issue date of the new licence.

From 5 June 2015 the person in the example will get a licence for ten years from the date of issue of the new licence. This is to bring us into line with the way licences are issued in other EU countries. Drivers can still apply for a licence up to three months in advance of the expiry date of the licence.

Another change that applies from 5 June 2015 is that your licence will, in the vast majority of cases, be returned to the customer at the NDLS centre on making an application for a new licence.

There will be some exceptions, licences that are damaged or licences issued by another countries being exchanged will continue to be retained. Where your licence is handed back at the NDLS centre it should be posted back to the NDLS when the new one issues and is received

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