Since January 19 2013 new EU rules relating to the licensing of drivers of some vehicles has changed. The changes apply to new drivers taking out either a learner permit or a full licence for the first time. The most common licence held by Irish drivers is for a motorcar, a category B licence – this is not going to change.
A minor change in the way some licences are described is planned, presently where there is a car/truck/bus and trailer combination it is described as EB, EC, ED etc., from January all new licences will show them as BE, CE, DE etc.
The table below sets out information in summary form with greater detail in the links which follow.
The driving licence will be in a new plastic card format.
Any person applying for a first licence or renewing an existing licence or learner permit.
All licences/learner permits issued from 19 January 2013.
Motorcycle licences: New stages in the licence process, introduction of a new category of motorcycle, and new rules for progressive and direct access as well as minimum age levels in some cases.
Any person who wants to learn to ride a Motorcycle or change to a higher category of motorcycle depending on age.
All licences issued from 19 January 2013.
Ages at which you can take out a truck (C & CE) or bus (D or DE) licence or learner permit.
People aged under 21(trucks) and 24 (buses) other than those taking the Certificate of Professional Competence taking out a truck or bus licence.
All learner permits/full licences issued from 19 January 2013.
Renewal for all truck and bus licences every five years with medical report needed in all cases.
All full licence holders on renewal of their licence for trucks and buses.
All licences on renewal from the 19th January 2013.
Additional changes to representative vehicles for truck and bus categories for the practical driving test.
Persons taking a driving test in a truck or a bus.
All tests conducted from the 30th June 2014.
New rules for weight of truck, and truck or bus with trailer, for the driving test.
Persons taking a driving test in a truck or bus.
All tests conducted from the 19th January 2013.
New rules for weight of car trailer when presenting for the category EB practical driving test.
People doing a practical driving test in a car and trailer combination.
All tests conducted from 19 January 2013.
Changes to licensing rules regarding the limit on the design gross vehicle weight of trailer drawn by the holder of a car and trailer full licence/learner permit category EB.
People who get a learner permit/full licence from 19th January 2013 in Category EB (car and trailer).
All licences and learner permits issued from 19 January 2013.
For more information on each of these items, please click on the links above. These will provide you with more information and frequently asked questions which may address any queries you have. If you have a query which is not addressed in this information, please contact us by emailing email@example.com or LoCall number 1890 40 60 40.