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. All UK/NI exchange applications must be submitted before 10 December in order to be processed by 31 December 2020. You can APPLY ONLINE to exchange, this is the fastest most convenient way to make an application. You must have a Public Services Card and verified MyGovID to apply online. Alternatively, you can apply in person at an NDLS Centre by first booking an appointment here. Please see further details below to apply online or in-person at an NDLS centre.
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.
For FAQ’s on Brexit and driving licence exchange please click here.
To apply online to exchange a UK or Northern Ireland driving licence
You can now quickly and easily exchange your UK/NI licence for an Irish licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is the following:
- A Public Services Card and verified MyGovID.
- Current or most recent UK/NI driving licence (To be posted in after you make your online application). NI and Guernsey licences must be accompanied by the counterpart.
- If you hold a N.I or Guernsey licence and do not have your most recent driving licence in your possession, you will need to post in an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the appropriate licensing authority after you make your online application
- Proof of your address dated within the last six months is required if your current address is not recorded on your permit and it differs from that provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) if and when you applied for a PSC.
- Proof that you are normally resident in Ireland if your place of birth and nationality are outside the EU/EEA.
- Fully completed medical report form dated within the last three months, if required in your case.
- Evidence of certificate of professional competence (CPC), if required.
- Your application fee of €55.00. You can pay by credit or debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay. If you are 70 years and over you are exempt from paying the fee.
Please note: not surrendering your UK/NI licence promptly once you have completed the online application, may significantly delay the processing of an Irish licence while your entitlement is being confirmed.