The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October 2019. Anyone living in Ireland who holds a UK/NI driving licence must exchange it for an Irish driving licence before the 31 October 2019, the withdrawal date of the UK from the EU. After this date, if you are living in Ireland your UK/NI driving licence will no longer be valid to drive here.
To avoid possible lengthy delays in exchanging a licence around 31 October, and not being able to drive, you are strongly urged to take steps immediately to exchange your licence.
To exchange your licence you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK/NI licence at an NDLS centre. You can make an appointment online at www.ndls.ie to attend any of our 36 NDLS centres. There is also a walk in service, but depending on queues you may have to wait to be seen.
In the vast majority of cases all of your licence entitlements will transfer to your new Irish licence. There are some limited exceptions where what are known as national licence 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.
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