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What Documents do you need to get your Driving Licence?

Date Published 12.08.2019
Topic Car Insurance

What Documents do you need to get your Driving Licence?

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.

 

How to apply for your driving licence or learner permit

You can apply for your driving licence or learner permit in any of the 36 NDLS centres around the country. You can make an appointment for your application or you can take advantage of their walk-in system. We recommend making an appointment to cut down on waiting times. The D401 and D201 application forms are available at the NDLS centres along with pens to fill them in with.

 

Documents needed to apply for your first full Drivers Licence:

  • D401 application form that’s fully completed

  • Certificate of competency - the document received upon passing the Driver Theory Test. Must be dated within the previous two years.

  • Current or most recent learner permit - If you do not have your most recent learner permit you must complete a lost or stolen permit declaration on the D104 form, and have it witnessed by a member of An Garda Síochána. Then you can submit it with alternative photo I.D.
  • Proof of your personal public services number (PPSN)
  • Proof of address that’s dated within the past six months is required if your current address is not present on your learners permit or if it differs from that address you provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection if / when you applied for a Public Services Card (PSC)
  • Evidence of residency entitlement
  • NDLS medical report form - fully completed and dated within one month, if required 
  • Evidence of certificate of professional competence (CPC) - if required
  • Evidence of initial basic training (IBT) - if required
  • Application fee of €55.00

 

Documents needed to renew your full Drivers Licence:

  • Fully completed D401 application form

  • Current or most recent full driving licence - if you do not have your most recent driving licence you need to complete the lost or stolen permit declaration on the D401 form, and have it witnessed by a member of An Garda Síochána. You can then submit it with an alternative photo I.D.

  • Proof of your personal public services number (PPSN)

  • Proof of address that’s dated within the last six months. If your current address is not the address on your permit or it differs from the address you provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection if/when you applied for a Public Services Card

  • Evidence of residency entitlement

  • NDLS medical report form - completed and dated within one month, if required

  • Application fee of €55.00

 

When can I apply for another licence?

You can apply for a new licence up to three months before the expiry date of the licence.

 

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Make sure you have a D401 form if you are applying for your full Driver's Licence or a D201 form for a Learner Permit.

Documents needed to apply for your first Learner Permit:

  • D201 application form that’s fully completed

  • Driver Theory Test pass certificate that’s dated within two years

  • Photo I.D.

  • Proof of your PPSN

  • Proof of address that’s dated within the last six months if your current address is not the same one that was provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection if / when you applied for a Public Services Card

  • Evidence of residency entitlement - if you hold a public services card and your place of birth or nationality are within the EU or EEA you can use it instead

  • Fully completed NDLS eyesight report form that is dated within one month

  • Fully completed NDLS medical report form - if required, also to be dated within one month

  • Evidence of certificate of professional competence if needed

  • Application fee of €35.00


Your photo and signature will be completed electronically at the NDLS centre.

 

Documents needed to renew your Learner Permit: 

  • D201 application form that’s fully completed

  • Most recent or current learner permit - if you don’t have your most recent learner permit, you’ll need to complete the lost or stolen permit declaration on the D201 form and sign it while witnessed by a member of the guards. You can then submit it with alternative photo I.D.
  • If you are applying for a third or subsequent learner permit you need to provide proof that you have applied for a full driving test in that category, or that you have failed a driving test in that category in the previous two years.
  • Proof of your PPS number

  • Proof of address that’s dated within the past six months is needed if your current address is not on your permit and / or if it differs from that address used when you applied for a Public Services Card

  • Evidence of residency entitlement

  • Fully completed NDLS medical report form that’s dated within one month - if required

  • Application fee of €35.00

Again, your photo and signature will be taken electronically at the NDLS centre.

Note: you can apply for your renewed learner permit up to three months before the expiry date of your current one. 

 

Required and accepted documents by NDLS application process

Tip: if you bring your Public Services Card to the National Driving Licence Services centre it will help to make your application process a little bit smoother.

You have two options to validate your who you are and where you live during the application process:

1. Presenting a Public Services Card. The card will cover 

  • Photo ID
      
  • Evidence of PPSN

  • Proof of address

  • Evidence of residency entitlement (if your place of birth or nationality are within the EU / EEA / Switzerland)

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: 

 

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Having a Public Services Card will help you avoid requiring multiple documents

Valid Types of Photo ID

  • Irish passport - can’t be expired by more than 12 months
  • Irish driving licence or learner permit
  • Current passport for all non-Irish citizens (approved for international use)
  • Current national identity card for EU / EEA / Swiss citizens
  • Irish Certificate of Naturalisation
  • Current UK photo driving licence
  • Current public services card 
  • Current Irish travel document

 

Accepted Forms of Evidence of Residency Entitlement

  • Public services card if place of birth or nationality is within EU/EEA/Switzerland
  • Irish/UK long form birth certificate or adoption certificate
  • EU/EEA/Switzerland Driving Licence or Irish Learner permit which shows place of birth as within EU/EEA/Switzerland too
  • Certificate of entry in the Irish Foreign Births Register
  • Irish passport / passport card within 12 months of expiry date
  • Current passport for all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens (suitable for international use)
  • Current national identity card for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
  • Irish certificate of naturalisation
  • Current certificate of registration including Garda National Immigration Bureau card or Irish residence permit. For non-EU / EEA /Swiss citizens, these cards must be presented with a current passport valid for international use or a Public Services Card

 

Suitable Documents for Proof of PPSN

  • Public Services Card or Social Services Card
  • Any correspondence from Revenue or the Department of Social Protection that shows your PPSN
  • P21, Tax Assessment or Notice of Tax credits documents
  • Receipt of social welfare payment that shows you PPSN in full
  • Medical card, Drug Payment Scheme card or European Health Insurance card
  • A Payslip or P60/P45 document

 

Approved forms of Proof of Address

  • Public services card
  • Utility bills from electricity, phone, gas or cable / television / broadband provider. You can print online bills however, mobile phone bills are not accepted
  • Statement or other communication from the bank, building society or credit union including eStatements where your name and address are detailed.  
  • Letter from Department of Social Protection / Revenue or P45 / P60 documents
  • Official correspondence from an Irish state agency including government departments, the HSE; a polling card, CAO, Susi, The Garda Síochána, hospitals, the Private Residential Tenancies Board, third level college, secondary school, training agency, NCT Reports or reminders, An Post and your TV Licence
  • Letter from an insurance company referring to an active policy

New applicants between 17 and 20 years old may be able to use the below as their evidence of address:

  • Letter headed and dated correspondence with their secondary school or third level training institute
  • Correspondence from SUSI or the CAO
  • Correspondence from a bank or credit union
  • Correspondence from a government body

Note: these documents can be no more than 6 months old at the date of application and cannot be handwritten.

 

Legally, you need either a driving licence or learner permit to drive in Ireland. You also need to have car insurance. Get an online car insurance quote in just minutes with AIG and make sure both you and your passengers are protected. 

Stuck between comprehensive or third party fire and theft car insurance? Follow our guide for applying for your first car insurance policy.

 

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