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

Introduction

If your current driving licence or learner 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 copy of your original driving licence or learner permit.

If there are any special driving licence codes on your original licence or permit (for example that you must wear glasses when driving), the replacement will also show these codes. The replacement licence or permit will be valid for the same period as your original.

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. You can use your Public Services Card (PSC) to simplify this process. 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.

Plastic-card driving licences have now replaced the old paper driving licence. This is an EU initiative to introduce a secure, compact style of licence in all member states.

Rules

You must carry your driving licence or learner permit with you at all times when driving in Ireland. Failure to produce your licence or permit when asked to by a member of the Gardaí is an offence.

If your driving licence or learner permit has been lost, stolen, damaged or defaced and it is still in date, you can apply for a replacement by completing application form D401 for a driving licence or D201 for a learner permit. See ‘How to apply’ below for more details. 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 time remaining on the original licence or permit.

Expired licence or permit

If your most recent driving licence or learner permit has been lost, stolen or damaged and is out of date, you can only apply for a new licence or permit.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. See ‘How to apply’ below for more details. The form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda station.

Losing your licence abroad

If your driving licence is lost or stolen while you are 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 if 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 if you want to exchange your Irish licence for a foreign driving licence.

If you return to live in Ireland, you can exchange it back for an Irish driving licence.

Rates

The fee for 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 and is out of date is:

  • Ten-year driving licence - €55
  • Five-year bus or truck driving licence - €55
  • Three-year driving licence - €35
  • One-year driving licence - €25
  • Learner permit - €35

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.

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 do need to bring additional documents with you in order to confirm your identity.

If you have a learner permit or Irish driving licence, you need to bring evidence of your PPS Number and proof of address.

If you do not have a learner permit or an Irish driving licence, you need to bring photographic ID, evidence of your PPS Number, proof of address and proof of your residency entitlement. See ‘Proof of identity’ below. Since 9 April 2018, you can use your Public Services Card (PSC) to confirm your identity, PPSN and address. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland you can also use the PSC as proof of your residency entitlement.

You apply for a replacement or new driving licence or learner permit using the application forms for a driving licence or learner permit, as required. They are available from NDLS centres, driving test centres, driving theory test centres and Garda stations. You can also download them:

Section 15 of the application form must be signed and stamped by a Garda in your local Garda station.

You must bring your completed application form along with the following documentation:

  • Your current or most recently issued driving licence or learner permit, if your licence has been damaged rather than lost or stolen
  • 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 need a Driving Licence Medical Report Form if:

  • You are applying for driving licence categories C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE or D1E (unless you previously provided a medical report which is still applicable)
  • You will be 70 years of age or more on the first day of the new licence period
  • You have any of certain disabilities or conditions (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 need a Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form if you no longer need glasses or contact lenses (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

Since 9 April 2018, you can use your Public Services Card (PSC) as proof of identity. The name and address on your learner permit or driving licence application must match the name and address on your PSC, if you want to use your PSC as photographic ID and proof of address. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland you can also use the PSC as proof of your residency entitlement, otherwise you must provide a document from the 'Proof of your residency entitlement' list below. If you don't have a PSC, you need one document from each of the four sections below:

  • Photographic ID

    - Irish passport

    - Irish driving licence or learner permit

    - 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 Irish travel document (issued by INIS)

  • Proof of your residency entitlement

    - Irish or UK long-form birth certificate or adoption certificate

    - Foreign birth registration

    - Irish passport

    - Current passport for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

    - Current national identity card for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

    - Irish certificate of naturalisation

    - Current Certificate of Registration (Irish Residence Permit - previously GNIB card) for non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

  • 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

    - P21, tax assessment or notice of tax credits

    - Receipt of social welfare payment

    - Medical card, Drug Payment Scheme (DPS) card, 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 regarding an active policy.

    - 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 Síochána, 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.

Note: Proof of address documents must 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 for a replacement or new driving licence or learner permit should be made in person at a National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centre - see ‘How to apply’ above. You can book an appointment online.

The National Driver Licence Service provides information on applying for a driving licence or a learner permit.

National Driver Licence Service

Road Safety Authority

Po Box 858
Southside Delivery Office
Cork
Ireland

Tel: 0761 08 7880

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

Moy Business Park
Primrose Hill
Ballina
Co Mayo
Ireland

Tel: 096 25000
Locall: 1890 506 080
Fax: 096 25252
Page edited: 22 May 2019