There are five steps you need to take to get your full Irish driver`s license: if your tradable driver`s licence remains valid, you don`t need to exchange it at that time. You can continue on your journey for one year from the date of your residence in Northern Ireland, provided your licence remains valid. An interchangeable licence can be exchanged within 5 years from the date of your residence in Northern Ireland. As a result, a Northern Ireland driver`s licence issued in exchange for a driver`s licence from Canada limits the applicant to driving vehicles equipped with an automatic gearbox, unless documentation is provided proving that the driving test was conducted in a vehicle equipped with a manual gearbox. If your EU/EEA driver`s licence remains valid, you do not need to exchange it at this time. You can continue until your driver`s licence expires. An EU/EEA driver`s licence can be exchanged even if it has expired. If you have exchanged an Irish driver`s licence in a recognised state for a licence issued by that state, you must submit that licence to the NDLS if you apply for an Irish driver`s licence. If you wish to exchange your driver`s licence for an equivalent Irish licence, you must do so within 10 years of the expiry of your driver`s licence. You may also need to submit a letter of authorization from the UK receiving authority. Please note that this may change with Brexit. The NDLS has published a useful faq document on Brexit and driver`s licences. If your driver`s licence has been issued by one of the countries or territories mentioned above in the “Recognized Countries”, you can drive in Ireland during a visit of up to one year, provided your licence is valid.

If your driver`s licence has been issued in a country that is not a member of the EU, EEA or the list of recognised countries and you hold a national licence and an international driving licence from your own country, you can drive in Ireland for the duration of your temporary visit (up to 12 months). On 21 January 2019, the RSA introduced a reduced EDT programme for foreign licensees who cannot exchange their licence in Ireland. These drivers can apply for a reduced EDT, where they must now complete at least six hours of driving instead of twelve. They may also apply to be exempted from the usual six-month waiting period before first-driver licence holders can take a driving test. I am an Irish citizen living in the United States, but my husband and I plan to return to Ireland in a year or two. He has an Irish license, but I don`t. I`ve read where you don`t just take 6 lessons (instead of the 12 compulsory lessons) if you exchange your U.S. license for the Irish license, you`ll get your U.S. license back after taking your test? During your NDLS appointment, you will be asked to provide your documentation. You then take your photo and register your signature digitally to print your new driver`s license. Hello I have a full Australian license (including the trailer) from Victoria, I try to exchange it for an Irish one and they refuse to give me the trailer on the Irish. What are my rights here? I have friends who have had no problem doing exactly the same thing? Licensing agreements can only be concluded if the relevant authorities in each legal area have reviewed and compared the two licensing regimes, so that each party can be satisfied that they are compatible.

On the Irish side, this task is carried out by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). If you have an EU/EEA driver`s licence, you can continue to drive in Ireland with your current driver`s licence. You can exchange it for an Irish driver`s license if it expires. If your driver`s licence is lost or expires, you will need a letter of authorization from the state registration authority that issued your driver`s license. If this is done in a language other than English, you must provide a certified translation.

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