You may be aware of ongoing developments regarding the use of UK or Northern Ireland driving licences in Ireland, post Brexit.
If you or any of your named drivers are a UK licence holder, we want to make you aware of recently published advice from the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) regarding UK driving licence holders who reside in the Republic of Ireland. We are drawing your attention to this as it contains important information regarding what will happen with UK driving licence holders residing in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
In summary the NDLS have advised that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the driving licence of a UK licence holder living here in Ireland will no longer be recognised and the driver will not be able to continue to drive in Ireland on that licence.
The RSA has warned that the NDLS may experience large volumes of exchange applications around 31 October. If this happens, motorists who wait until then may face lengthy delays when trying to exchange their licence, but if they make an exchange application now this may be avoided.
Under current arrangements a UK licence holder resident in the Republic of Ireland has an entitlement to make such an exchange, without issue. In this scenario, the driver will have all valid licence categories on their driver licence included on the Irish licence. There are some limited exceptions which can be obtained by contacting the NDLS.
We recommend that all holders of a United Kingdom or Northern Ireland licence, follow the advice of the RSA and take action now !