The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is issuing a final reminder to anyone resident in Ireland with a UK / NI driving licence that they need to exchange it now, as their 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 on here 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.
Postal Applications for those age 70 years and over
All those 70 years and over whose licence or permit is due for renewal will receive a renewal pack in the post and be invited to apply by post.
If you intend to avail of the postal application, there is no need to contact NDLS or to attend any centre. If you have made an appointment please ensure that you cancel it here. All cancelled appointments will be made available for other applicants.
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If you are aged 70 and over and do not have a medical condition - details here you do not need to submit a medical report on renewal. This is a temporary exemption and will be in place until 31 December 2020. From the 1 Jan 2021 a medical report form will be required for all applicants who are aged 70 and over.
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.