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Driving in Ireland

On Irish and Northern Irish roads, you drive on the left.

To drive legally in Ireland you must have a valid international driving license, an EU standard pattern license or an Irish license. If you intend to stay in Ireland you must apply for an Irish license, unless you have an EU or EEA member state driving license, in which case you can exchange it for an Irish license. Whichever license you have, you must carry it with you at all times when motoring in Ireland.

You should ensure your vehicle is registered for the current year, and you need at least third-party insurance cover for any vehicle you drive. It is an offence not to display valid evidence of vehicle registration and insurance.

Before you take to the road, be familiar with Ireland's driving laws, especially with regard to speed limits. Driving in excess of the speed limit will result in an on-the-spot fine of €80. For most urban areas the speed limit is 50kph and signs highlighting this can be found on every motorway and road throughout the country. Drink driving is governed by strict laws in Ireland. The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood (approximately one standard drink); however official advice is not to drink alcohol at all when driving.


Last updated 21 August 2009 by Dublin Life (Email).