Renewing your driving licence
You are required to carry your driving licence with you at all times when driving. When your driving licence expires, you must renew it if you wish to continue driving.
If your licence is lost, stolen or damaged, you should read our document on replacing a lost, stolen or damaged driving licence.
To apply for a driving licence, you must be normally resident in Ireland. You are considered to be normally resident in Ireland if, because of personal and occupational ties, you usually live here for at least 185 days in each calendar year.
The Road Safety Authority has responsibility for driver licensing and the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) manages licence applications and renewals. When you apply for a driving licence, you have to visit an NDLS centre where your photo and signature are digitally recorded. You have to bring additional documentation to confirm your identity. From 9 April 2018, you can use your Public Services Card (PSC) to confirm your identity. If you do not have a PSC, you need to bring a number of documents to prove your identity. See ‘proof of identity’ below for a list of accepted documentation.
In 2013 a plastic-card driving licence was introduced, replacing the paper driving licence. This is an EU initiative to introduce a secure, compact style of licence in all member states.
You are entitled to apply to renew your driving licence if:
- You hold a driving licence that will expire within 3 months
- You held a driving licence that expired less than 10 years ago
If your driving licence expired 10 years ago or more, you must complete a Driver Theory Test and then apply for a learner driver permit.
Duration of licence
The period of time a driving licence is issued for depends on the age of the applicant.
- If you are under 60 years of age, you may apply for a 10-year licence or a 3-year (on medical grounds).
- If you are older than 60 but younger than 67 years of age, you may apply for a licence that will expire the day before your 70th birthday
- If you are older than 67 but under 70 years of age, you may apply for a 3-year licence
- If you are over the age of 70, you will need a certification of fitness to drive by your doctor to apply for a 3-year or a one-year licence
A bus or truck driving licence is issued for a maximum of 5 years.
The cost of driving licences is:
- Ten-year driving licence costs — €55
- Five-year bus or truck driving licence costs — €55
- Three-year driving licence costs — €35
- One-year driving licence costs — €25
If you are over the age of 70, you can get their your driving licence renewed for free.
Information on acceptable forms of payment is available on the application form.
Any required eyesight tests or medical examinations are not free of charge.
How to apply
You have to apply in person to one of the NDLS centres. You do not have to provide photographs with your application, but you will need to bring evidence of your PPS Number and proof of address with you in order to confirm your identity. See ‘Proof of identity’ below.
You apply to renew your driving licence using the driving licence application form (D401) which is available from NDLS centres, driving test centres, driving theory test centres and Garda stations. You can also download the driving licence application form (pdf) as well as guidance notes (pdf).
You must bring your completed application form and the following documentation with you when applying for or renewing your learner permit or driving licence:
- Your current or most recently issued driving licence
- A Driving Licence Medical Report Form may be required (see below)
- A Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form may be required (see below)
- The appropriate fee - see Rates above
- Documentation to prove your identity (see below)
Medical report form
You will require a Driving Licence Medical Report Form if you are applying for driving licence categories C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE or D1E (buses and trucks), unless you previously provided a medical report which is still applicable.
You will not require a Driving Licence Medical Report Form if you are applying for driving licence categories AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE or W (motorcycles, cars and work vehicles) unless:
- You will be 70 years of age or more on the first day of the period for which the licence is being issued or
- You have a specific disability or condition (see application form)
You can download the medical report form (pdf) (it must be printed back to back on one page). It is also available from NDLS centres. A registered medical practitioner should carry out your medical examination and then complete the form. You must sign the declaration on the medical report form in the presence of the registered medical practitioner. It must be submitted within 1 month of the medical examination.
Eyesight report form
Generally any eyesight issues will be reported in the Driving Licence Medical Report Form. But, you will require a Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form if you no longer need glasses or contact lenses to drive (for example if you've had laser eye surgery). You can download the eyesight report form (pdf) (pages 1 and 2 should be printed back to back on one page). It is also available from NDLS centres. It must be submitted within 1 month of completion.
Proof of identity
From 9 April 2018, you can use your Public Services Card (PSC) as proof of identity. The address on your learner permit or driving licence application must match the address on your PSC, if you want to use your PSC as proof of address.
If you don’t have a PSC, you need one document from each of the two sections below:
- Evidence of your PPS Number
- Public Services Card or Social Services Card
- Correspondence from Revenue or Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection showing PPSN showing PPSN
- P21, Tax Assessment or notice of tax credits
- Receipt of social welfare payment
- Medical card, Drug Payment Scheme (DPS) card or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- Payslip, P60 or P45
- Proof of address (See Note below)
- Utility bill from your provider of electricity, phone, gas, cable television or broadband.
- Correspondence with an insurance company.
- Statement from your bank, building society or credit union.
- Letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection or Revenue.
- Other official correspondence from an Irish State agency, such as: a government department, HSE, CAO, SUSI, An Garda Síochana, public hospital, Residential Tenancies Board, third-level college, training agency, An Post, or the National Cervical and breast screening programmes. Also NCT reports or reminders, TV Licence, Register of Electors or polling cards.
- Correspondence from an insurance company regarding an active policy.
Note: Proof of address documents can be no more than 6 months old at date of application. Mobile phone bills and statements from store cards or catalogue companies are not accepted.
Where to apply
The National Driver Licence Service provides information on renewing a driving licence on its website.