If you hold a manual driving licence for category B and hold a driving licence with automatic transmission for categories BE, C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E, you may be entitled to have the restriction (code 78) removed.
From 01 November 2020 you can apply for a replacement driving licence without this restriction for any of those categories issued at a cost of €35 payable only by credit/debit card, Google Pay/Apple Pay. In order to do this, you must book an appointment here to attend any National Driver Licence Service. Alternatively, you can wait until your driving licence is due for renewal and it will be issued to you without this restriction where applicable. You can only renew your licence within three months of the expiry date. To find the earliest renewal date of your driving licence check the expiry calculator here.
From 01 November 2020, if you hold a manual driving licence in category B and provide a certificate of competency in a vehicle with automatic transmission in categories BE, C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E, this certificate can be regarded as a certificate of competency in a manual vehicle and the driving licence will be issued without the restriction.
We are aware that in some rare cases the plastic covering on a driving licence or learner permit may begin to peel. Peeling may be found on or around the holographic part of your driving licence or learner permit. For that reason, there is a new plastic foil covering on all plastic card driving licences and learner permits issued since August 2020.
The new plastic foil offers more robustness and durability without changing the appearance or the validity of the card in any way. If your driving licence or learner permit is showing signs of significant peeling, you can have it replaced. You can do so by posting your driving licence/learner permit to RSA Returns, PO 13276, Dublin 15.