- Over 60,000 UK / NI licence exchange applications received since 2019
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a final reminder to anyone resident in Ireland with a UK / NI driving licence to exchange it immediately, 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 31 of December 2020. If you are resident in Ireland and using a UK licence to drive it will no longer be valid to drive 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.
To exchange your licence, you must either visit a National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centre or apply online at ndls.ie
If applying in person at an NDLS Centre you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK licence. You must make an appointment online at www.ndls.ie to attend any of the 36 NDLS centres.
You can apply online to exchange your licence at ndls.ie if you have a PSC and verified MyGovID account. A short video can be viewed to explain how to exchange your foreign driving licence online at ndls.ie.
Over 60,000 people have applied to exchange their UK / NI licence for an Irish driving licence since 2019.
More information including frequently asked questions on how to exchange your UK licence can be found at www.ndls.ie and on gov.ie/brexit, the Irish Government’s website to help businesses and citizens around the country to prepare for Brexit.
Visitors to Ireland holding a UK/NI licence, will continue to be entitled to drive in Ireland as a visitor with their existing driving licence. Visitors won’t be required to carry an International Driving Permit in order to drive here so long as they carry their UK/NI driving licence with them.