Last updated: 28.02.2022
Applying for your first full licence or learner permit? Or perhaps it’s time to renew? Finding out what personal documents and forms are required can prove difficult, so we’ve broken it down. Avoid hassle and multiple trips to the NDLS centre with our document checklist.
The easiest way to apply for your learner’s permit is online, as it means there’s no need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person.
The documents needed for a learner’s permit are:
To apply for your learner’s permit in person you must book an appointment to attend one of the 34 NDLS centres. You will need to bring the required supporting documents and fee mentioned above as well as the fee.
You can now apply for your full driving licence online, here’s the documents you will need to have:
Read more about the online application process on the NDLS website.
You can apply for your driving licence in person by booking an appointment at one of 34 NDLS centres nationwide. There is currently no walk-in service available.
You will need to bring ID, a public services card (PSC), is the easiest way to do this. But if you don’t have a PSC you will need to submit the following 4 pieces of documentary evidence: Photo ID, Evidence of your address, Evidence of your PPS number, Evidence of your normal residence.
Additionally, to support your application, you will be required to submit your current or most recently issued learner permit, or current driving licence, if you are adding a category to your driving licence or applying to exchange a foreign licence.
Motorcyclists will require an Initial Basic Training Certificate of Satisfactory Completion. You will need a completed Garda Declaration form when applying to replace a lost, stolen or damaged licence. And if your address has changed since your last application, you will require evidence of your new address.
You can now quickly and easily renew your driving licence online. The documents you need to renew your license are:
Please note, you can apply for a new licence up to three months before the expiry date of the licence.
If you need to apply in person, you will need to book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre and also the following documents:
You can apply in person at any of the 34 NDLS centres nationwide.
Tip: if you bring your Public Services Card to the National Driving Licence Services centre it will help to make your application process a lot smoother.
You have two options to validate who you are and where you live during the application process:
1. Presenting a Public Services Card. The card will cover:
2. If you do not have a Public Services Card you are required to present alternative documentation at the centre for the above requirements. Acceptable documents include:
Valid Types of Photo ID
Accepted Forms of Evidence of Residency Entitlement
Suitable Documents for Proof of PPSN:
Approved forms of Proof of Address:
New applicants between 17 and 20 years old may be able to use the below as their evidence of address:
Note: these documents can be no more than 6 months old at the date of application and cannot be handwritten.
To find all the information mentioned above or for any other queries you may have, or to actually go ahead and apply you can go directly to the NDLS website.
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