Road Safety Authority warning that anyone who holds UK driving licence must exchange for Irish licence before end of October

Louise McCarthy


Louise McCarthy


Driving licence

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is warning  that anyone living in Ireland who holds a UK (including Northern Ireland) driving licence must exchange it for an Irish driving licence, before the end of this October,  in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

If there is a no-deal Brexit, then after this date, if you are living in Ireland, your UK driving licence will no longer be valid to drive here.

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA said that “Brexit, in whatever form it takes, will have a significant impact on Ireland, and requires planning by Government, business and citizens. The fact is a UK licence holder resident here must exchange their UK licence for an Irish one. It is vital that this is done before the UK leaves the EU because under current EU arrangements a UK licence holder resident here in Ireland has an entitlement to exchange the licence for an Irish driving licence. This entitlement will expire on 31 October if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.”


An RSA statement said:"There is an opportunity now to exchange your licence in good time and be certain you have a valid driving licence when the UK leaves the EU.If you wait till close to the UK exit date of 31 October, you will face possible lengthy delays in exchanging a UK licence, and the National Driver Licensing Service (NDLS)* cannot guarantee when you will have a valid licence to drive here in Ireland."


For this reason those living in Ireland who hold a UK driving licence are strongly urged to act now and exchange their licence.


More information on how to exchange your UK licence can be found at


To date in 2019 over 30,000 UK licences have been exchanged for an Irish driving licence by the NDLS. This compares to 6,000 for the whole of 2018.