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Driving in Ireland with AlertDriving

Ireland has a very modern and safe Road Network

Driving can be a challenge at the best of times and requires high levels of concentration as well as skills such as awareness and anticipation together with a good understanding of the road network and rules of the road relating to the country you are driving in.

If you are relocating to Ireland from abroad or returning to Ireland after a long time overseas it is advised that you familiarize yourself with what it is to be a safe and competent driver in Ireland.

Ireland has a very modern and safe Road Network and an extensive Motorway system which links most of the country. However, even an experienced driver, in unfamiliar surroundings can become easily disorientated and therefore familiarisation training such as AlertDriving offer is an essential prerequisite to safe driving in Ireland. This is especially so when changing from driving on the right in your own country to driving on the left here in Ireland.

Course Details: 

Location Driver Training [LDT] 

Location specific to individual needs
Duration: Recommended 3-5 hours
Driver Assessment & Risk Analysis
Geographical areas covered specific to participants home/work location
Extended geographical area covered if required
All road network system covered from Motorway driving to minor road navigation
Best routes advised and covered

Driving Licence Requirements

If you have a driving licence issued by an EU/EEA member state

You can drive in Ireland as long as your existing licence is valid. If you wish to exchange your driving licence for an equivalent Irish driving licence, you must do so within 10 years of your driving licence expiring.

As a visitor to Ireland

You can drive on a driving licence from any state outside the EU/EEA for up to a year provided the driving licence is current and valid. However on taking up ‘normal residence’ in Ireland you must either exchange your driving licence or apply for a driving licence in Ireland. You are considered to be normally resident in Ireland if, because of personal and occupational ties, you usually live here for at least 185 days in each calendar year. Ireland has agreements with certain countries/states that designate them as recognised states for the purposes of driving licence exchange.

If you are not from one of these recognised countries

And you hold a national driving licence or an international driving permit from your own country, you may drive in Ireland for the duration of your temporary visit (up to 12 months).

If your stay in Ireland will be more than 12 months

You can apply for an Irish driving licence but you will need to go through the full driver licensing procedure. You must first pass a driver theory test, apply for a learner permit, complete a reduced course of six  Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons and pass your driving test in Ireland.

Driving in Ireland

  • In Ireland, you drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Yield to all vehicles coming from your right and always turn left on entering a roundabout.
  • You must be at least 17 years old to drive in Ireland.
  • Speed limits in Ireland are in kilometres.
  • The speed limit is 50km/h in built-up areas, 80km/h on regional and local roads, 100km/h on national roads and 120km/h on motorways. Be sure to keep an eye out for speed signs and make sure you’re not over or you will receive an €80 fine and 3 penalty points.
  • All vehicle occupants are required to wear seat belts at all times.
  • For those riding on motorcycles, helmets must be worn at all times.
  • Use of mobile/cell phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
  • At all times, you are required to carry a valid driving licence; your car must display both proof of insurance and a motor tax disc and, if the car is over four years old, the National Car Test (NCT) disc must also be displayed.
  • The minimum insurance you must have before you drive a car in Ireland is Third Party Only cover.
  • If renting a car, it is recommended that you carry a copy of your vehicle rental agreement.
  • In Ireland, the traffic light sequence is different to most other European countries. Red is the same and means stop, but straight after the red light comes the green ‘for go’ light. The amber light only comes before a red light to warn us to stop unless it is unsafe to do so.
  • Drink driving limits are enforced and the legal limit for fully licensed drivers is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. For professional drivers, learner or newly qualified drivers it’s 20 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Whether you are a local or a tourist you must adhere to these regulations. Our recommendation is, don’t drink if driving.

Useful Links

International Driving Permit

Essential Driver Training (EDT)

Holders of Foreign Licences

For more detailed information on Driving Licence Requirements and list of recognised countries with which Ireland has driving licence exchange agreements please visit NDLS website.

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