Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (85)

Rose Conway-Walsh

Question:

85. Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh asked the Minister for Transport the number of persons that have submitted a UK driver licence to be transferred to an Irish licence; the number still waiting to be issued an Irish licence; if these persons are permitted to drive in the interim period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9424/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As of the 3rd February 2021, 66,090 UK driving licence exchange applications have been processed over 2019, 2020 and 2021 by the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS). 3,393 applications were on hand to process, while 1,687 applications were awaiting further customer response.

A resident of Ireland must have an Irish or EU driving licence to drive here. A UK driving licence is no longer recognised. Holders of a UK driving licence have been advised to exchange their licence for an Irish one since 2019.