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Driving licence renewal and exchange – Ireland

Renew your driving licence

As an EU national, if you are ordinarily resident in your home state and temporarily working in Ireland, you should renew your licence in your home state.

If you have taken up residence in Ireland and are therefore ordinarily resident in Ireland, you should replace your EU licence with one issued in Ireland. This should be done through the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS).

Replace a lost driving licence

If you lose your driving licence, contact the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) for a replacement. The replacement licence or permit is a duplicate or copy of your original driving licence or learner permit.

If there are any special provisions on your original licence or permit (for example, a requirement that you wear spectacles, or you drive an adapted vehicle), the replacement licence or permit will also show these provisions. The replacement licence or permit will be valid for the same period as your original.

As an EU national, if you take up residence in Ireland and you lose your EU driving licence, you can ask for an Irish equivalent. You'll have to provide the following documents:

  • A fully completed NDLS Application form for a driving licence D401
  • The appropriate fee
  • Your current full licence (Please note, if your licence does not have a category start date you will need to provide an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from your relevant licencing authority)
  • If you don't have your licence you will need to provide an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from your relevant licencing authority and complete the Lost licence declaration (see question 16 of the licence application form)
  • Documentation to verify your identity
  • Documentation to verify your PPSN
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of residency entitlement
  • A completed NDLS Medical report form if required in your case. For further details on when a medical report is required please click here
  • If your licence has expired you will need to present an original letter of entitlement from the appropriate licence authority
  • Certified translations are required for all letter of entitlement/driver statements which are not in English or Irish

There is no legal time limit within which to apply for a replacement for a lost or stolen licence. However, as members of An Garda Síochána have the power to request production of a driving licence, and a driver must, if they do not have it present at the time, present it at a Garda station within ten days, it is advisable to apply for a replacement as soon as you realise the licence is missing.

All relevant forms are available on the website of the National Driver Licence Service.

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