After the end of the transition period, UK driving licences will no longer be valid for persons living in Ireland. UK licence holders will need to exchange their UK licence for an Irish licence. The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) delivers the driving licence and learner permit service on behalf of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), and during 2019, 49,685 UK and Northern Ireland licence exchange applications were processed, with a further 3,496 to 27 August 2020. Details of how to exchange your licence can be found on www.ndls.ie.
You should seek to exchange your licence immediately and well in advance of 31 December 2020 to allow sufficient time to receive your new licence. The requirement to exchange your licence only applies to people resident in Ireland and does not apply to or affect visitors or holidaymakers in Ireland.