Driving in Ireland: useful links for licence and policies.
Driving in Ireland can be challenging if you are not aware of all the policies and rules. A New Driver would like to share these useful links that every person considering driving in Ireland should read and understand.
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.
How to apply for a learner permit to drive a car
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 the minimum age of drivers
Motor vehicles in Ireland are divided into different categories for driver licensing purposes. Information is provided on categories of vehicles and the minimum age you need to be in order to legally drive them.
Learner driving permits for motorcycles
Before you learn to drive a motorcycle on a public road in Ireland, you must obtain a learner driving permit for the vehicle you wish to drive.
Learner driving permits for buses and trucks
Before you learn to drive a bus or truck on a public road in Ireland, you must obtain a learner driving permit for the type of vehicle you wish to drive.
Learner driving permits for trailers
Before you learn to drive while pulling a trailer that weighs more than 750kg, you must obtain a learner driving permit.
Converting your driving licence to an Irish driving licence
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.
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