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Replacing a lost, stolen or damaged driving licence or learner permit

Information

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 exact 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 duplicate licence/permit will also show these provisions. The duplicate license/permit will be valid for the same period as your original.

Since 29 October 2013 the application process has changed and, when applying, you will need to visit one of the new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres. As part of this face-to-face application process, your photo and your signature will be captured digitally. These will be included in the existing fee. You will have to bring additional documentation to confirm your identity. Further information is available on the NDLS website.

Rules

It is a requirement in Ireland that you carry your driving licence/learner permit with you at all times when driving. Failure to produce your licence/permit when requested to by a member of the Gardai (Irish police force) is an offence.

Where your driving licence/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. This form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda Station.

A driving licence/learner permit will be issued for the remaining period of the original licence/permit.

What should I do if my lost licence/permit has expired?

Where your most recent learner driving permit or full Irish driving licence has been lost or stolen but has also expired and is no longer valid, you can only apply for a new licence/permit. You must complete application form D401 for a driving licence or D201 for a learner permit. This form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda Station.

Rates

Since January 2013 the fee is €35 to obtain a duplicate driving licence or learner permit.

You pay the standard licence/permit fee if your licence/permit has been lost or stolen but is out of date and you are renewing it.

How to apply

Application forms are available from NDLS centres, Driving Test centres, Driving Theory Test centres and Garda Stations. The form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda Station.

You will have to apply in person to one of the NDLS centres. You will not have to provide photographs with your application but you will need to bring additional documents with you in order to confirm you are the person that is applying for the driving licence/learner permit. If you currently have an Irish driving licence/learner permit, you will need to bring the licence/permit and evidence of your PPS Number. If you do not have an Irish driving licence/learner permit, you will need to bring photographic ID, proof of your residency entitlement, evidence of your PPS Number and proof of address. See ‘Proof of identity’ section below.

You can find information on applying for a driving licence or a learner permit in our documents on driver licensing.

Proof of identity

The following documents are accepted as proof of your identity:

  • Photographic ID
    - Irish passport
    - Current passport for all non-Irish citizens
    - Current National Identity Card for EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens
    - Irish Certificate of Naturalisation
    - Current UK (photo) driving licence
    - Current Public Services Card
    - Current Irish Travel Documents (issued by INIS)
  • Proof of your residency entitlement
    - Irish/UK long-form birth certificate or adoption certificate
    - Foreign birth registration
    - Irish passport
    - Current passport for all EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens
    - Current National Identity Card for EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens
    - Irish Certificate of Naturalisation
    - Current Certificate of Registration (GNIB card) for non-EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens
  • Evidence of your PPS Number
    - Public Services Card/Social Services Card
    - Correspondence from Revenue/Social Welfare showing PPSN
    - P21/Tax Assessment/ Notice of Tax credits
    - Receipt of Social Welfare Payment
    - Medical Card/Drug Payment Scheme (DPS) Card
    - Payslip or P60/P45
  • Proof of address (See Note below)
    - Utility bill such as electricity/phone/gas/cable television/broadband provider
    - Correspondence with an insurance company
    - Statement from your bank/building society/Credit Union
    - Letter from the Department of Social Protection/Revenue
    - Other official correspondence from an Irish State agency, such as Government departments; HSE; Register of Electors/Polling card; CAO; Private Residential Tenancies Board or third level college/training agency

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.

Where to apply

Since 29 October 2013 an application for a replacement driving licence or learner permit should be made in person to one of the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres.

The Road Safety Authority provides information on driving licences and learner permits.

Road Safety Authority

Moy Business Park
Primrose Hill
Ballina
Mayo
Ireland

Tel:(096) 25000
Locall:1890 506 080
Fax:(096) 25252
Homepage: http://www.rsa.ie
Email: info@rsa.ie

National Driver Licence Service

Tel:0761 087880
Homepage: http://www.ndls.ie/en/about-us/where-are-the-new-ndls-centres.html
Email: info@ndls.ie

Page updated: 9 December 2013

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