In the event of a possible no-deal Brexit which could be as early as 1 June 2019 if the UK decides not to participate in the EU elections the driving licence of a UK/NI licence holder living here in Ireland will not be recognised and the driver will not be able to continue to drive here in Ireland on that licence. The advice to such drivers is that they should exchange their UK/NI driving licence for an Irish driving licence. Under current arrangements a UK/NI licence holder resident here in Ireland has an entitlement to make such an exchange. In such a case the driver will have all valid licence categories on their driver licence included on the Irish licence. There are some limited exceptions where what are known as national licences categories cannot be transferred to the Irish licence. You may need to speak to the DVLA to find out if you have any national categories on your UK/NI licence.
To exchange your licence you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK licence at an NDLS centre. Each of the 36 NDLS centres operate a walk in service and an appointment is not required to make your application. Some additional opening hours made available with priority given to UK exchange licences. Details of centre opening hours are available here.
Exchanging your licence is not available online you will have to attend an NDLS centre - you will get more information on the process here
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is planning to put in place appropriate arrangements that will allow for the exchange of a UK/NI driving licence for an Irish driving licence following Brexit. Further information once confirmed will be available here.
For FAQ’s on Brexit and driving licences click here