Irish driver’s license
Getting an Irish driver’s license is relatively straightforward. All you need to do is pass the theory and practical test. You will then be issued with a learner permit which is valid for two years and must be carried at all times when driving. After passing the test, you can then apply for a full license, which is valid for 10 years.
To be eligible for an Irish license, you must be over 17 years old, have a valid Irish address and have been a resident in Ireland for at least 180 days.
You will also need to present documents to prove your identity, residency, and age. These include a valid passport, or an identity card and a birth certificate.
The Irish driver’s license contains information such as the individual’s photograph, name, date of birth, address and signature. It also includes the categories of vehicles the individual is allowed to drive.
The fee for getting a driver’s license in Ireland is €85 for a provisional license and €55 for a full license. You must also pay a fee for the theory and practical tests – €35 for the theory test and €85 for the practical test.
If you are from another country and already have a valid driver’s license, you may be able to exchange it for an Irish license. If not, you will need to take the tests.
Getting an Irish driver’s license can be a straightforward process. Once you have the right documents, you can apply for your learner permit, and eventually a full license. Good luck!
Learning to drive
A step by step guide to learning to drive, from passing your theory test to getting your full driving licence.
How to renew your driving licence
When your driving licence expires you must renew it if you still want to drive.
Applying for a driving licence
Driving licences are issued if you pass a driving test. Rules about driving licences, forms and how to apply.
It is a legal requirement to hold a learner driving permit before learning to drive a car or work vehicle on public roads in Ireland.
Updating your driving licence or learner permit
If you change your name or address, you can exchange your current driving licence or learner permit for an updated one
Replacing a lost, stolen or damaged driving licence or learner permit
If your most recent driving licence or learner permit has been lost or stolen but is still valid, you can obtain a replacement.
Categories of motor vehicles and minimum age of drivers
Motor vehicles in Ireland are divided into different categories for driver licensing purposes. Information is provide on categories of vehicles and the minimum age you need to be in order to legally drive them.
Converting your driving licence to an Irish driving licence
How to exchange a driving licence issued in another country for an Irish driving licence, including information on the fees and a list of recognised exchange countries.
International Driving Permit
An international driving permit allows you to drive in foreign countries without further tests or applications. Find out how to apply for a permit, the costs involved and those countries in which you can use your permit.
You may not know this, but there are 15 different types of driving licences and learner permits to choose from when driving in Ireland. What you probably do know is that you will need the appropriate driver’s licence before you can embrace the open road.
The regulations for each of the 15 licences are unique and cover a range of different types of vehicles. Some of the rules related to driving licences in Ireland are straightforward, while other regulations are a little more obscure in nature, but they all exist for good reason. If you plan on driving in Ireland, you need to make sure that you familiarise yourself with the driving licence that is most relevant to you as you will be required to carry it with you at all times while on the road.
RENTING A VEHICLE
When renting a vehicle you will need a full driver’s licence from the country that you reside in. However, typically you must have held that licence for 2 years. Drivers aged between 21 – 25 years and 70 – 75 years are usually subject to special conditions.