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The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is issuing a final reminder to anyone resident in Ireland with a UK / NI driving licence that you need to exchange it now, as a UK/NI licence will not be valid to drive here after 31 December 2020.
While the UK has left the EU, a transition period was agreed that allowed for the exchange of driving licences to continue. That transition period ends on the 31st of December 2020. If you are resident in Ireland and using a UK/N.I licence to drive it will no longer be valid to drive in Ireland after this date.
It is vital that you have a valid driving licence and that you are legally allowed to drive in Ireland by exchanging a UK licence for an Irish driving licence.
If you do not submit your original UK/NI licence with your exchange application NDLS will be unable to validate your application without significant delays.
It is important that you take steps now to exchange your UK / NI licence as there may be further delays caused by a last-minute increase in applications, plus extra demand on the service caused by Covid19.
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To complete an application to exchange a UK or Northern Ireland licence you will need to submit:
- Fully completed application form for a Driving licence D401
- You must surrender your current or most recent UK/NI driving licence (if your licence has expired by less than ten years or does not have a category start date you will need to provide an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the relevant licensing authority)
- If you do not have your most recent driving licence in your possession, you will need to present an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the appropriate licensing authority and must complete the lost or stolen licence declaration on the application form and have it witnessed by a member of An Garda Síochána.
- Photographic I.D.
- Proof of your personal public services number (PPSN)
- Evidence of address dated within the last six months is required.
- Evidence of residency entitlement, (if you hold a public services card and your place of birth or nationality are within the European Union/European Economic Area, it is adequate to present the PSC)
- Fully completed NDLS medical report form, dated within one month, if required in your case
- Evidence of certificate of professional competence (CPC), if required
- If exchanging a Northern Ireland licence it must be accompanied by the counterpart
- Application fee of €55
You can make an online appointment for any of the 36 NDLS centres. No walk-in service will be available.