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Learner Driver Permit

How to get your Learner Driver Permit

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Learner Permit

Acquiring a learner permit is the first step to passing your driving test.

A learner permit is issued to drivers who are learning to drive.

To apply for a learner permit you must be able to demonstrate that you are normally resident in Ireland; this generally means that you live here at least 185 days each calendar year because of work or personal ties. If you are studying or working abroad you may still be considered normally resident in Ireland provided you return here regularly. Where a person lives some part of the year outside of Ireland the question of personal, family and community ties helps determine whether or not you are normally resident. You can apply to renew a learner permit up to three months before the expiry date of your learner permit. If your licence has expired for five years or more you must start the application process afresh and take a driver theory test, mandatory driving lessons and a driving test.

If you are an applicant for a learner permit you will be required to verify your identity as part of the face to face application process in an NDLS centre. This means that you will have to submit documentation to prove your identity, your address & your PPSN, as well as confirmation of your country of birth/residency entitlement

From the 9 April if you bring your Public Services Card (PSC) to the NDLS it will simplify your application process. An applicant will have two options to validate their identity and residency during the application process.

1. Presenting a PSC at the NDLS centre will simplify your application process as the PSC will satisfy the following requirements:

  • Photographic ID,
  • Evidence of PPSN,
  • Evidence of address (where your address is as provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection DEASP)  and
  • Evidence of residency entitlement   (where your place of birth or nationality are within the European Union / European Economic Area/Switerland).

Please click here for more information.

2. If you do not have a PSC you are required to present documentation at NDLS centre to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Photographic ID,
  • Evidence of PPSN,
  • Evidence of address and
  • Evidence of residency entitlement.

List of acceptable documents are available here.
Note that possession of a public services card will enable applicants to renew their driving licence / learner permit online as part of a new online service that will be rolled out to customers in the coming months.

How long does it last?

A first and second learner permit usually lasts for two years each time while a third and subsequent permit lasts for one year. If you are taking out a third or subsequent permit you must show evidence of having taken a driving test in the previous two years or hold an appointment for a forthcoming driving test. If you have taken a test you will be given a two year permit while if you hold a test date your permit will last only for one year.

How much does it cost?

New learner permit and renewal applications.

Category added or removed.

€35

€35

* The Over 70’s Renewal Driving Licences /Learner Permits will remain free.

Payments

The National Driver Licence Service will accept the following payment methods with your application:

• Cash (where you attend in person at the NDLS centre)
• Cheque
• Bank draft
• Money order
• Debit card / credit card / prepaid credit card

The NDLS will only accept one method of payment for each application. The NDLS will only accept one payment for one application – a single payment for multiple applications will not be accepted.
Cheque, bank drafts or money orders must be made payable to ‘National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)’. For applications paid for by cheque, please note that those applications will be placed on hold until the cheque clears.

The NDLS will process debit and credit card payments in accordance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) rules. If you wish to use a third party debit or credit card for payment, then the third party must be present in person to make the payment.

Licence Types

CATEGORIES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND MINIMUM AGE OF DRIVERS

Motor vehicles in Ireland are divided into different categories for driver licensing purposes. Information is provide on categories of vehicles and the minimum age you need to be in order to legally drive them.

LEARNER DRIVING PERMITS FOR BUSES AND TRUCKS

Before you learn to drive a bus or truck on a public road in Ireland, you must obtain a learner driving permit for the type of vehicle you wish to drive.

LEARNER DRIVING PERMITS FOR TRAILERS

Before you learn to drive while pulling a trailer that weighs more than 750kg, you must obtain a learner driving permit.

FULL DRIVING LICENCE

Full driving licences are issued in Ireland if you pass a driving test. Rules about driving licences, forms and how to apply.

RENEWING A FULL DRIVING LICENCE

When your driving licence expires you must renew it if you still want to drive.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN OR DAMAGED DRIVING LICENCE OR LEARNER PERMIT

If your most recent Irish driving licence has been lost or stolen but is still valid, you can obtain a replacement licence.

CONVERTING YOUR DRIVING LICENCE TO AN IRISH DRIVING LICENCE

How to exchange a driving permit issued in another country for an Irish driving licence, including information on the fees and a list of recognised exchange countries.

INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT

An international driving permit allows you to drive in foreign countries without further tests or applications. Find out how to apply for a permit, the costs involved and those countries in which you can use your permit.

ISM help you with every step

You get access to ISM's unique PASS program

Mock Theory Test Quizzes

STEP 1

Free Online Practice questions to help you pass your Theory Test

Get Started

Get Your Learner Permit

STEP 2

We help you complete your application to get your Learner Permit

Learn more

ISM Essential Driver Training

STEP 3

Book EDT with ISM and get access to Free online Training Modules to help you

Learn more

Pre-Test Booster Lessons

STEP 4

We give you the confidence and skills to pass your Driving Test

Learn more

Our experienced ISM Pass Team, will help you get started and guide you every step of the way.