You can apply in person at any of the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide. You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre. There is no walk-in service available. Once processed your licence/permit will issue to you by post.
If you need the assistance of a sign language interpreter for your in-centre NDLS appointment, please request that here
You will need to bring ID, fee and any other supporting documentation including medical or eyesight report if required. Otherwise, your application will be delayed. Application forms are no longer required. However, if you wish to make your application in Irish you will be required to complete an Irish application form. Your photograph and signature will be captured electronically at the NDLS centre.
If you have a Public Services Card (PSC) you can use it with a verified MyGovID to apply online. If you apply at an NDLS centre, you can use your PSC to simplify the process as it will satisfy the following requirements:
If you do not have a PSC you are required to present documentation at the NDLS Centre to satisfy 1. Photo ID, 2. Evidence of PPSN, 3. Evidence of Address, 4. Evidence of normal residence - see above for a list of acceptable documents for each.
In some cases the same document may satisfy more than one requirement e.g. an Irish/EU passport is adequate as photo ID & proof of residency entitlement; a letter to you from Revenue which shows your PPSN could be used as both proof of your address & proof of your PPSN.