Message from the Road Safety Authority about Brexit and UK driving licences

Brexit & Construction Industry
September 17, 2019

Below is an important message for our motor insurance customers from the Road Safety Authority in relation to Brexit and UK driving licences.

Are you the holder of a UK/NI driving licence? The Road Safety Authority wishes to advise policyholders, resident in Ireland, with a UK/NI driving licence of the importance of exchanging the UK/NI licence for an Irish one. Anyone resident in Ireland who holds a UK/NI driving licence must exchange it for an Irish one before the 31 October 2019. After this date, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, your existing UK/NI licence will no longer be valid to drive here.

It is important that you exchange your licence now to be certain that you are legally entitled to drive on Irish roads after the UK leaves the EU. By exchanging now you could avoid possible lengthy delays and the likelihood that you will not have a valid licence post Brexit. Please be reminded that your policy of insurance requires you to have a valid driving licence at all times. Any changes to your licence type, category or validity must to be notified to us immediately.

To exchange your licence you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK licence at any NDLS centre. You can make an appointment online at www.ndls.ie to attend any of 36 NDLS centres. NDLS also offer a walk-in service, but be advised there can be significant wait times for those without appointments. Full details on how to exchange a licence can be found on the NDLS website, www.ndls.ie.

We are happy to provide additional guidance in this area and should you wish to discuss any aspect of your insurance arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us on 049 433 2944, e-mail info@martininsurance.ie or complete our online enquiry form.

Disclaimer: The material contained is this article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

James Martin
James Martin
James Martin has 16 years of experience as a general insurance broker. He is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and has completed a Diploma in Corporate Finance.

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