2 October 2020

Warning for UK driving licence Irish residents

Residents of Ireland driving with UK driving licences have been warned that time is running out for them to exchange these for Irish licences, writes Brian Byrne.

The ending of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 will mean it will no longer be valid for a resident here to drive with a licence issued in the UK. In 2019, some 50,000 people made such and exchange.

Visitors to Ireland holding a UK/NI licence, will continue to be entitled to drive in Ireland as a visitor with their existing driving licence. Visitors won’t be required to carry an International Driving Permit in order to drive here so long as they carry their UK/NI driving licence with them.

Information on how to exchange your UK licence can be found at www.ndls.ie and on gov.ie/brexit.