Updating your driving licence or learner permit
When you apply for a driving licence or learner permit it is issued in the name and address you supplied at that time. If you subsequently change your name or address, it is possible to exchange your current licence or permit for an updated one.
You have to supply documentary evidence of the change. Your new licence or permit will have the same expiry date as your original licence or permit.
While you are required to carry your driving licence or learner permit with you at all times when driving, you are not required by law to change your licence or permit if you change your name or address. However, it is advisable.
When driving, you are required to show evidence of your licence or permit if requested to by An Garda Síochána, so your licence or permit should contain up-to-date information.
There is no charge for changing your name or address.
How to apply
You have to apply in person to one of the NDLS centres. You will need to bring evidence of your PPS Number and proof of address with you in order to confirm you are the person who is applying to update your driving licence or learner permit. See ‘Proof of identity’ below.
You apply to update your licence or permit using the application form for a driving licence (D401) or a 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:
- Driving licence application form (pdf) and guidance notes (pdf)
- Learner permit application form (pdf) and guidance notes (pdf)
Your completed application form must be accompanied by the following:
- Your current driving licence or learner permit
- Documentary evidence of change of name or address (see below)
Change of name upon marriage or civil partnership: You must provide an official UK or Irish marriage or civil partnership certificate. If you were married or became a civil partner in some other country you can submit your passport, national identity card or Irish travel document as evidence to support your change in name.
Change of name upon divorce or separation: You must submit your Irish or UK birth certificate and 2 pieces of evidence of usage of your new name, for example, a utility bill, correspondence with a government body or a payslip. If you also provide your Irish or UK decree of divorce or legal separation agreement showing details of your previous marriage, you do not need to submit evidence of usage.
Change of name following deed poll: You must provide the official UK or Irish decree of deed poll and 2 pieces of evidence of usage of the new name, for example, a utility bill, correspondence with a government body or a payslip.
Change of name using the Irish version of name: You must submit 2 pieces of evidence of usage of the new name, for example, a utility bill, correspondence with a government body or a payslip.
Change of address: You must submit proof of your new address. See ‘Proof of address’ below.
Proof of identity
The following documents are accepted as proof of your identity:
- Evidence of your PPS Number
- Public Services Card/Social Services Card
- Correspondence from Revenue or 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 from your 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 or Revenue
- Other official correspondence from an Irish State agency, such as government departments; HSE; Register of Electors/polling card; CAO; 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
An application to update your 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.
The National Driver Licence Service provides information on changing your personal details on its website.