How can I exchange my Dutch driving licence in Ireland?

If you live in Ireland and your Dutch driving licence has expired (or has almost expired), you cannot renew it. Your only option is to exchange your Dutch licence for an Irish one.

Exchanging your driving licence

You can use your Dutch driving licence in Ireland as long as it is still valid. If your Dutch licence expired less than 10 years ago you can exchange it for an Irish one via the National Driver Licence Service. This must be done according to the European rules. You can only have 1 European driving licence. You don’t need to retake your driving test.

Attention: Your Irish driving licence may be valid for longer or shorter than your Dutch driving licence.

What do I need?

Visit the National Driver Licence Service for information on the documents you will need if you wish to exchange your driving licence.

Exchanged driving licence?

If your original driving licence was issued by a country that is not part of the European Union (EU) and you then exchanged it for a Dutch driving licence, you may not always be able to exchange your Dutch driving licence in another EU country. The Road Safety Authority can tell you whether you can exchange your Dutch driving licence for an Irish licence in this case. If this is not possible, you will need to take your driving test again.


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