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Converting UK Driving Licence To Irish Licence

Getting Brexit Ready


In the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 January 2020, UK driving licences will no longer be valid in Ireland. Our blog today explains the steps involved to exchange your UK driving license for an Irish driving licence.

If you hold a UK driving licence, now is the time to exchange your licence so that you can continue driving after 31st January 2020 in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Steps To Exchange Your UK Driving Licence

To exchange your driving licence, you will need to visit your local National Driving Licence Service centre. There are 36 centres across the country. To make an appointment, you may book online at or avail of the walk-in service.

Application Checklist

For your application to switch over to an Irish driving licence, you will need to provide:

  • Completed application form.
  • Existing UK driving licence (this will not be returned)
  • Photographic I.D.
  • Proof of your personal public services number (PPSN)
  • Evidence of home address dated within the last six months
  • Evidence of residency entitlement, (if you hold a public services card and your place of birth or nationality are within the European Union/European Economic Area, it is adequate to present the PSC)
  • Fully completed NDLS medical report form, dated within one month, if required
  • Evidence of certificate of professional competence (CPC), if required
  • Application fee of €55

For more detailed information on the application requirements, please visit the NDLS website.

If you currently have a UK driving licence, it is important that you take the steps now to transfer over to an Irish driving license. UK driving licences will not be valid in Ireland after 31st January 2020 in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. The latest data published by the Road Safety Authority shows that it is taking 10-15 days to exchange UK licences – but the wait time may rise the closer we get to Brexit.

There may be considerable delays involved if an application to convert to an Irish driving license is made after 31st January 2020 and it may impact on your car insurance cover.

Green Card Update

Did you know you will not be required to have a Green Card to drive in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the event of a No Deal Brexit. Read more about this announcement here.