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.
You should make an application as soon as possible as it can take longer to process a UK / NI licence exchange, and there may be further delays caused by a last-minute increase in applications, plus extra demand on the service due to Covid-19.
Alternatively, you can apply in person at an NDLS Centre. You must book an appointment here to attend any of our 36 NDLS centres. For further details on what you need to bring to your appointment click here.
For FAQ’s on Brexit and driving licence exchange please click here
Licence exchange applications that include the original UK/ Northern Ireland licence can be exchanged more speedily. 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. If you are submitting a Letter of Entitlement in place of a lost or expired licence you may be required to provide further verification from the DVLA in the UK and DVA in the N.I.
As a visitor to Ireland holding a UK/NI licence, you will be entitled to drive in Ireland for the period of your visit with your existing driving licence providing it is current and valid and that you carry it with you at all times. You will not be required to carry an International Driving Permit.