If your current driving licence or learner driving permit is lost, stolen, damaged or defaced, you should apply to 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.
The Road Safety Authority now has responsibility for driver licensing and has set up a new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS). In addition, the application process has changed and, when applying for a replacement driving licence or learner permit, you have to visit one of the new NDLS centres. As part of the face-to-face application process, your photo and your signature is captured digitally. You have to bring additional documentation to confirm your identity.
A new plastic-card driving licence has been introduced, replacing the paper driving licence. This is an EU initiative to introduce a secure, compact style of licence in all member states.
It is a requirement in Ireland that you carry your driving licence or learner permit with you at all times when driving. Failure to produce your licence or permit when requested to by a member of the Gardai (Irish police force) is an offence.
Where your driving licence or learner permit has been lost, stolen, damaged or defaced and is still in date (that is, valid for use), you can apply for a replacement by completing application form D401 for a driving licence or D201 for a learner permit. The form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda station.
A driving licence or learner permit will be issued for the remaining period of the original licence or permit.
If your most recent driving licence or learner permit has been lost, stolen or damaged but has also expired and is no longer valid, you can only apply for a new licence or permit. You must complete application form D401 for a driving licence or application form D201 for a learner permit. The form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda station.
If your driving licence is lost or stolen while abroad, you have to apply in person at an NDLS centre for a replacement. If you are living abroad and it is not possible to do this, you may be able to exchange your driving licence for a foreign driving licence, providing that you are living in an EU/EEA member state or in a country with which Ireland has a driving licence exchange agreement. You will need a letter of entitlement from the NDLS.
When you return to live in Ireland, you can exchange it back for an Irish driving licence.
The fee to obtain a replacement driving licence or learner permit is €35.
The fee for a new driving licence or learner permit if your licence or permit has been lost, stolen or damaged, but is out of date, is as follows:
Motorists over the age of 70 can get their driving licence or learner permit 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.
You have to apply in person to one of the NDLS centres. You do not have to provide photographs with your application but you do need to bring photographic ID, proof of your residency entitlement, evidence of your PPS Number and proof of address with you in order to confirm you are the person who is applying for a replacement or new driving licence. See ‘Proof of identity’ below.
You apply for a replacement or new driving licence or learner permit using the application form for a driving licence (D401) or learner permit (D201), as appropriate. They are available from NDLS centres, driving test centres, driving theory test centres and Garda stations. You can also download them as follows:
Section 15 of the application form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda station.
Your completed application form must be accompanied by the following:
If your driving licence or learner permit is damaged, rather than lost or stolen, the licence or permit should be submitted also.
You will require a Driving Licence Medical Report Form if:
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.
You will require a Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form if you no longer need glasses or contact lenses. 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.
The following documents are accepted as proof of your identity:
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/catalogue companies are not accepted.
An application for a replacement or new driving licence or learner permit should be made in person to one of the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres - see ‘How to apply’ above. You can book an appointment online.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.