Q. Who needs a provisional licence?

A. People learning to drive on public roads in Ireland, or who wish to take a driving test must hold a provisional licence.

Q. Who issues provisional licences?

A. The Department of Transport has overall responsibility for driver licensing. However, the principal local authorities 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.

Q. When do I need to carry my provisional licence?

A. From 1 January 2003 you are required to carry your licence with you at all times when driving in Ireland.

Q. How much does it cost to apply for a provisional licence?

A. The fee for applying for a provisional licence is fifteen euro.

Q. If I change address do I need a new provisional licence?

A. While you are not required by law to change your driving licence if you change address, it is advisable nonetheless. You can exchange your provisional licence free of charge if you are changing address.

Q. If I change address do I need a new provisional licence?

A. Detailed information on how and where to apply for a provisional licence is available here in our provisional licence information section.

Q. What information do I need to submit with my application for a provisional licence?

A.Applicants for a provisional driving licence must submit some or all of the following with their application:

  • A completed application form
  • Two identical passport photographs
  • A Driver Theory Test pass certificate
  • A birth certificate or passport
  • A medical report
  • Your current or last driving licence when you are renewing a provisional licence.
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