Well done on completing your driver training and passing your driving test. Your final step in this journey is applying for your first driving licence. The certificate of competency you received when you passed your driving test does not entitle you to drive as a fully licensed driver. You must abide by the rules of your learner permit until you hold your full licence.
A person granted a first full driving licence must display N-plates on the vehicle for a period of 2 years.
To apply online for a first time driving licence
You can now quickly and easily apply for your driving 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.
- To have successfully passed the driving test in the category that you are applying for within the last two years.
- Proof of your address dated within the last six months if your current address differs from the one you provided when you applied for your 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 one month, if required in your case.
- Completed relevant driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training, if required
- To have successfully completed IBT training, if required
- Application fee of €55.00. You can pay by credit or debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay. If you are aged 70 years or over you are exempt from paying the fee.