Written answers

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Driver Licences

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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212. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if Ukrainian persons who have moved to Ireland, due to the war there, can drive here on their Ukrainian licences; if not, if they will need to apply for an Irish licence; the process involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25539/22]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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A person who has been admitted to Ireland under the Temporary Protection Directive cannot drive here on their national licence.

I signed the Road Traffic (Recognition of Foreign Driving Licences) (Ukraine) Order 2022 into law on 22 April 2022. This allows a person with temporary residence in Ireland under the Temporary Protection Directive, because of the conflict in Ukraine, to exchange their Ukrainian driving licence for an Irish licence. The licence will be valid for 12 months and will apply to category B (cars and light vehicles) only.

An application to exchange a licence may be made in any National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centre. An appointment to attend an NDLS centre can be booked online at www.ndls.ie/booking-service.html or by phone at 0818919090.

Further information on exchanging a foreign driving licence, including the documentation required, can be found at www.ndls.ie.


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