Updating your driving licence or learner permit

Introduction

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.

Rules

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.

Rates

There is no charge for changing your name or address on your driving licence or learner permit.

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.

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:

You must bring your completed application form and the following documentation when updating information on your driving licence or learner permit:

  • Your current driving licence or learner permit.
  • Documentary evidence of change of name or address (see below)
  • Proof of your personal public services number (PPSN) (see below)
  • Proof of residency entitlement (see below)
  • Proof of address if your current address is not recorded on your driving licence or learner permit and if it differs from the address you provided when you applied for a Public Services Card (PSC)
  • A Driving Licence Medical Report Form may be required (see below)

Documentary evidence of change of name or address

You need to provide evidence of your change of name or address to update these details on your driving licence or learner permit. The type of documents required depend on the amends you require, see below:

Change of name upon marriage or civil partnership: You must provide your original civil marriage or civil partnership certificate. Certified translations must be submitted with the original marriage or civil partnership certificate if they are not in English or Irish. Alternatively, you can present an acceptable form of photographic ID issued in your new name (see Photographic ID below).

Change of name upon divorce or separation: You must submit original evidence of divorce/separation or dissolution of civil partnership or evidence of initiation of same: a judicial separation court order or a separation agreement or a divorce decree or a letter from a solicitor confirming that a separation has been sought. In addition, you should submit your original UK/Irish birth certificate or your original civil marriage certificate* or original civil partnership certificate to confirm your birth surname. Alternatively, you can present an acceptable photographic I.D issued in your new name.* Certified translations are required for all marriage certificates or civil partnership certificates which are not in English or Irish. Translations must be provided by a reputable company who must be a member of the Irish Translator and Interpreters Association. The original marriage or civil partnership certificate must be submitted together with the certified translation.

Change of name following deed poll: You must provide evidence of your name change i.e. original Irish deed poll document which has been enrolled in the Irish High Court. Alternatively, you can present an acceptable photographic I.D issued in your new name.

Change of name using the Irish version of name: You must submit evidence that you are using the Irish version of your name i.e. two official documents that show you've been using your new name for two years on the date of application at the NDLS centre. Alternatively, you can present an acceptable photographic I.D issued in your new name.

Change of address: You must submit proof of your new address. See ‘Proof of address’ below.

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 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 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

    - Public services Card

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

    - Driving Licence or Learner permit showing the place of birth as EU/EEA/Switzerland

    - Foreign birth registration

    - Irish passport/passport card

    - 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.

    - 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.

    - Correspondence from an insurance company regarding an active policy.

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.

National Driver Licence Service

Road Safety Authority

Po Box 858
Southside Delivery Office
Cork
Ireland

Tel: 0761 08 7880
Page edited: 19 February 2019