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Applicants for international protection (asylum seekers) can now apply for driving licences and learner permits.

The 2020 Programme for Government gave certain commitments to allow international protection applicants access to the driving licence system. The Department of Transport has been working with the Road Safety Authority on solutions to make this possible.

International protection applicants can now use their temporary residence certificates as proof of normal residence in Ireland when applying for a driving licence or learner permit. All other requirements for a driving licence or learner permit application must also be met. For a full list of these requirements, please visit the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) website - www.ndls.ie.

Applications can be made by making an appointment to attend an NDLS office or by applying online on the website – www.ndls.ie.