UK licence holders will have to resit driving test in the case of a no-deal Brexit, says Longford insurer

UK licences can be swapped to Irish

Jessica Thompson

Reporter:

Jessica Thompson

Email:

jessica.thompson@longfordleader.ie

Longford’s 4,100 young drivers are limiting value options by going direct for motor insurance

Drivers in Ireland with a UK licence could face the possibility of sitting their theory test and driving test again in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

That is, unless they swap over to an Irish licence before March 29. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK licences will no longer be recognised here in Ireland, according to Michael Winters of Abbey Murphy Insurance.

“They technically won't have a licence at all if there's a no-deal Brexit. They'll have to do the theory test, the 10 or 12 driving lessons and the driving test, and there's currently a wait list of a least six or seven weeks for that,” he said.

“And after March 29, if there's a no-deal Brexit, NDLS offices won't be able to contend with the number of people who will be calling to sort out there licence.”

Under current arrangements, a UK licence holder resident here in Ireland has an entitlement to exchange their UK licence for an Irish one.

To exchange your licence you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK licence at an NDLS centre.

Exchanging your licence is not available online you will have to attend an NDLS centre - you will get more information on the process at www.ndls.ie.