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Driver Licensing Exchange Agreements

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 24 September 2019

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (455)

Dara Calleary


455. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a person can hold a UK driver licence and a European and-or Irish licence simultaneously; and if not, if there are force majeure circumstances in which dual application can be considered. [38604/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Irish driving licensing law operates within a framework of EU law. Under the EU Directive on driving licences and the relevant Irish regulations, driving licences issued by Member States are mutually recognised. The Directive stipulates that a person may not hold more than one driving licence, thus requiring that a person must surrender their UK licence when exchanging it for an Irish one.