Driver licensing

Steps to learning to drive
A step by step guide to learning to drive, from passing your theory test to getting your full driving licence.

How to renew your driving licence
When your driving licence expires you must renew it if you still want to drive.

Applying for a driving licence
Driving licences are issued if you pass a driving test. Rules about driving licences, forms and how to apply.

Learner permits
It is a legal requirement to hold a learner driving permit before learning to drive a car or work vehicle on public roads in Ireland.

Updating your driving licence or learner permit
If you change your name or address, you can exchange your current driving licence or learner permit for an updated one.

Replacing a lost, stolen or damaged driving licence or learner permit
If your most recent driving licence or learner permit has been lost or stolen but is still valid, you can obtain a replacement.

Categories of motor vehicles and minimum age of drivers
Motor vehicles in Ireland are divided into different categories for driver licensing purposes. Information is provide on categories of vehicles and the minimum age you need to be in order to legally drive them.

Foreign driving licences in Ireland
How to exchange a driving licence issued in another country for an Irish driving licence, including information on the fees and a list of recognised exchange countries.

International Driving Permit
An international driving permit allows you to drive in foreign countries without further tests or applications. Find out how to apply for a permit, the costs involved and those countries in which you can use your permit.