The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)* is issuing a final reminder to anyone residing in Ireland with a UK / NI driving licence that they need to exchange it now, as their UK/NI licence will not be valid in Ireland after 31 December 2020.

Although the UK has already left the EU, a transition period was agreed that allowed for the exchange of driving licences to continue. This transition period ends on 31 December 2020. If you are resident in Ireland and using a UK licence to drive it will no longer be valid to drive in Ireland after this date.

As it can take longer to process a UK / NI licence exchange, and there may be further delays caused by a last-minute increase in applications, plus extra demand on the service caused by COVID-19, anyone affected is advised to make an application as soon as possible.

More information including frequently asked questions on how to exchange a UK licence can be found at and on, the Irish Government’s website to help businesses and citizens around the country to prepare for Brexit.