This table explains each of the 15 driving licence categories. Minimum age refers to the age at which you can receive a learner permit for that category.

CategoryVehicle typeMinimum age*
AM Mopeds and Light quadricycles. 16 years
A1 Motorcycles with an engine capacity not exceeding 125 cubic centimetres, with a power rating not exceeding 11 kW and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.1 kW/kg. Motor tricycles with a power rating not exceeding 15 kW. 16 years
A2 Motorcycles with a power rating not exceeding 35 kW, with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power. 18 years
A Motorcycles and Motor tricycles. 24 years or 20 with progressive access
B

Vehicles (other than motorcycles, mopeds, work vehicles or land tractors) having a MAM1 not exceeding 3,500 kg, designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver.

The vehicle may tow a trailer (a) where the MAM of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg or (b) where the MAM of the trailer exceeds 750kg the combined MAM of the towing vehicle and the trailer is not greater than 3,500 kg.

Quadricycles (other than those covered by AM) are also covered by this category.

17 years
BE Combination of drawing vehicles in category B and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 3,500 kg. 17 years
W Work vehicles and land tractor with or without a trailer. 16 years
C Vehicles (other than work vehicles or land tractors) having a MAM1 exceeding 3,500 kg, designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 21 years or 18 with CPC
CE Combination of drawing vehicles in category C and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg. 21 years or 18 with CPC
C1 Vehicles in category C having a MAM1 weight not exceeding 7,500 kg, designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 18 years
C1E Combination of drawing vehicles in category C1 and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg and where the MAM1 of the drawing vehicle and trailer combined does not exceed 12,000 kg.
Combination of drawing vehicles in category B with trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 3,500 kg and where the MAM1 of the drawing vehicle and trailer combined does not exceed 12,000 kg.
18 years
D Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of more than eight passengers in addition to the driver and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 24 years or 21 years with CPC
DE Combination of drawing vehicles in category D and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg. 24 years or 21 years with CPC
D1 Vehicles in category D designed and constructed for the carriage of not more than sixteen passengers in addition to the driver with a maximum length not exceeding 8 metres and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 21 years
D1E Combination of drawing vehicles in category D1 and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg. 21 years

Minimum age*:

This refers to minimun age at which you can hold a learner permit in that category

Note:

"Passenger accommodation" means seating accommodation for passengers in addition to the driver.

1 Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM1).  Manufacturers generally refer to it as gross vehicle weight (g.v.w.) and it is usually displayed on a metal plate attached to the vehicle by the manufacturer.

Important

Tricycle:  Where a person had an entitlement to the category B  full licence prior to 19 January 2013 that also covered them to ride tricycles. They still retain that entitlement. All first full Licences issued for the category B from 19 January 2013 would not have this entitlement and therefore they must take out the appropriate Bike category to ride a trike. The appropriate bike category will depend on the CC of the Tricycle.

Moped: Where a person was issued the category B full licence prior to 21 October 2006 that also covered them to ride mopeds and therefore are entitled to the moped category AM provided the category B licence has not expired for more than 10 years.

Some driving licences or learner permits will have Codes noted under Column 12 on the card licence or permit. Codes generally set out information that restrict the use of the licence or permit or place an obligation on the driver. In some cases the Codes will result from the outcome of a medical examination, or as a result of an adapted vehicle presented for a driving test, or perhaps, because the driver held a foreign licence with restrictions that must now be placed on an Irish licence having exchanged the foreign licence.

Some new Codes are being introduced from 1 January 2017, including Codes 61, 62(30), and 64(80) which allows for a driver to be restricted to driving in daylight hours, driving within a particular radius or within a particular speed. It is intended that these options would provide an alternative to being forced to stop driving completely because of medical circumstances. If you hold a licence or permit and medical or other circumstances mean that one of the Codes become relevant to your situation eg. following a crash you need to drive a vehicle with an adaption, you should contact the NDLS for advice on next steps.

The table below sets out details of the Codes and what they mean for any particular driver.

Table - Details of Codes on a Driving Licence or Learner Permit

Code Reference Details of Restriction
01 Sight correction and/or protection
02 Must wear hearing  aid/communication aid
03 Prosthesis/orthosis for the limbs
10 Modified transmission
15 Modified clutch
20 Modified braking system
25 Modified accelerator system
30 Modified combined braking and accelerator system
 31 Pedal adaptations and pedal safeguards
 32 Combined service brake and accelerator systems
 33 Combined service brake, accelerator and steering systems
35 Modified control layouts
40 Modified steering
42 Modified rear/side view devices 
43 Modified driving seating position
44.01 Motorcycle with single operated brake
44.02 Motorcycle with adapted front wheel brake
44.03 Motorcycle with adapted rear wheel brake
44.04 Motorcycle with adapted accelerator
44.05 Motorcycle with adjusted manual transmission and manual clutch
44.06 Motorcycle with adjusted rear-view mirror(s)
44.07 Motorcycle with adjusted commands direction indicators, braking light
44.08 Motorcycle with seat height allowing the driver, in sitting position, to have two feet on the surface at the same time and balance the motorcycle during stopping and standing
44.09 Maximum operation force of front wheel brake … N (*)
44.10 Maximum operation force of rear wheel brake … N (*)
44.11 Adapted foot-rest
44.12 Adapted hand grip
45 Motorcycle with sidecar only
46 Tricycles only
47 Restricted to vehicles of more than two wheels not requiring balance by the driver for starting, stopping and standing
50 Restricted to a specific vehicle/chassis number (vehicle identification number, VIN)
61 Limited to day time journeys one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset                                           
62 (30) Limited to journeys within a radius of 30 km from holder’s place of residence.        
63 Driving without passengers
 64(80) Limited to journeys with a speed not greater than 80 km/h
65  Driving authorised solely when accompanied by a holder of a driving licence of at least the equivalent category
66 Without trailer
67 No driving on motorways
68 No alcohol
69 Restricted to driving vehicles equipped with an alcohol interlock
70 Exchange of recognised driving licence
71 Duplicate licence
73 Restricted to category B vehicles of the motor quadricycle type (B1)
78 Restricted to vehicles with automatic transmission
79 Restricted to vehicles which comply with the specifications indicated in brackets
79.01 Restricted to two-wheel vehicles with or without side-car
79.02 Restricted to category AM vehicles of the three-wheel or light quadricycle type
79.03 Restricted to tricycles
79.04 Restricted to tricycles combined with a trailer having a maximum authorised mass not exceeding 750 kg
79.05 Category A1 motorcycle with a power/weight ratio above 0.1 kW/kg
79.06 Category BE vehicle where the maximum authorized mass of the trailer exceeds 3500 kg
80 Restricted to category A vehicle tricycles until reaches age of 24 years
81 Restricted to category A vehicle of the two-wheel motorcycle type until  reaches age of 21 years
96 Category B vehicles combined with a trailer with a maximum authorized mass exceeding 750 kg where the maximum authorized mass of such combination exceeds 3 500 kg but does not exceed 4,250 kg
97 Not authorised to drive a category C1 vehicle where use of a tachograph is required.
100 Restricted to vehicles adapted to suit disability of licencee
101 Renewal subject to submission of a valid medical report
102 Diplomatic licence
109 Must undergo the driving test within 2 months of issue
115 Organ donor
991 Holders of Learner Permits in categories A1, A2, AM, A, W and B must wait for 6 months before taking the driving test
992

Second Learner Permit in category

993

Third or subsequent Learner Permit in category

999

Must be accompanied by qualified driver

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