In the event of a no-deal Brexit, anyone living in the Republic of Ireland who holds a UK (including Northern Ireland) driving licence must exchange it for an Irish driving licence, before January 31st 2020. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, those living in Ireland with a UK license will no longer be valid to drive here.
License holders should act immediately, as the National Driver Licensing Service (NDLS) are experiencing a high volume of requests. As January 31st 2020 draws nearer, there will be the possibility of lengthy delays in exchanging a UK licence. The NDLS cannot guarantee when you will be issued a new license, enabling you to drive in Ireland. For this reason those living in Ireland who hold a UK driving licence are strongly urged to act now and exchange their licence. More information on driving licences and Brexit can be found on www.ndls.ie and on gov.ie/brexit.