Visitors to Ireland can drive on a licence from their own country as long as it’s valid and they have held a driving licence for at least 12 months. The driver must be over 21 years old and have held a full, valid licence for the last three years.
- The UK, including Northern Ireland
- Isle Of Man
- South Africa
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- The Canadian provinces of: British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta
Getting a driving licence in Ireland is really easy. Whether you have your foreign licence or wish to exchange it for an Irish one, NDLS has made it easier than ever to do so. To apply, simply fill in the online application form and pay online with a card (visa debit/credit or eps are accepted).
Your current or latest driving permit. On the other hand, a letter of qualification from the permitting authority will work as well.
A Public Administrations Card and confirmed MyGovID – you can figure out how to get those set up here.
Confirmation of address for your home in the Republic of Ireland
Evidence of Irish residency
A new visual perception and clinical report – the last option is just expected in specific conditions
To drive transports or trucks expertly, you’ll require a declaration of expert skill
An application expense of €55 – this can be paid via card, Google Pay or Apple Pay
Assuming you’d like to trade your permit face to face at your nearby NDLS focus, you can make an arrangement as well. Simply bring the above reports, alongside an application structure.
Visitors from countries outside the EU, the EEA and the above listed countries can drive on Irish roads using their own country’s licence for up to 12 months. But, after this, they’ll need to apply for an Irish licence and complete all the same steps as a brand new driver.
First, you must first pass a written driver theory test before applying for a learner permit. Then, you’ll need to take a course in Essential Driver Training, which requires at least 12 hours of training. Once you’ve completed these lessons and have had your learner permit for at least six months, you can sit your driving test. If you pass, you can then apply for a full Irish driving licence.
The motor tax rate you pay depends on the age of your car. Vehicles built before July 2008 are assessed on the size of their engines. Those built after that date are assessed on their CO2 emissions – the more your car emits, the more it will cost you.
Annual motor tax rates can range from €120 right up to €2,350. So, when buying a car, it’s worth checking what tax band each vehicle falls into. Over time, purchasing a newer, well-serviced car will pay off. Most car selling sites include it alongside the car’s specifications. Once you’ve got a new set of wheels, you can tax your vehicle online.
You also need to insure your car before you can legally drive it on Irish roads. Your insurance has to cover third-party expenses at the very least. But comprehensive cover is probably the best option as it covers your own costs, as well as those of anyone else involved in a road incident.