Driving Licences

Since 1st January 2003 you are required to carry your driving licence with you at all times when driving in Ireland. It is a statutory requirement (i.e., the law) that you must hold at least a learner permit (or current provisional licence) if you want to drive a motor vehicle in a public place.
The Road Safety Authority has overall responsibility for driver licensing. The principal local authorities however, are licensing authorities and issue driving licences. There are 29 licensing authorities (Motor Taxation Offices) around the country and you should make your application to the one nearest to where you live.
Since 29th October 2007 provisional driving licences are no longer being issued and are being replaced by learner permits. Current provisional driving licences will continue to be valid until they expire. 
Before you begin to learn to drive on public roads in Ireland, you must hold a learner permit (or current provisional driving licence). To undergo a driving test, you must hold a learner permit covering the category in which you wish to be tested. Motor vehicles are put into categories for driver licensing purposes and there is a minimum age requirement for all categories. A full driving licence (or learner driving permit) only entitles you to drive the category of vehicle for which the licence has been issued.

Driving Licence New Fees


The driving licence and learner permit fee is changing from 1 January 2013.


The new fees for licences/permits




Driving Licence/Learner Permits

New Driving Licences and Renewals


Three Year Licence (Age or Medical Grounds)


One Year Licence (Medical Grounds)


Learner Permit

New Learner Permits and Renewals






Driving Licence/Learner Permits

Changes to Existing Licences/Permits e.g. New Category Added




The Over 70’s Licences/Permits will remain free.


For More information please visit www.rsa.ie or Freephone 1800 63 57 43

Learner Permit




Exchange of Licence


Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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