Driving in the EU and EEA during the transition period

The current rules on international driving will continue to apply during the transition period from 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020.

Driving in the EU and EEA  

The current rules on international driving will continue to apply during the transition period from 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020. 

The rules for international driving may change from 1 January 2021 and will be posted here when the information is available.

Driving in the Republic of Ireland during the transition period 

Driving licences

If you are visiting Ireland you can drive with your valid NI driving licence, which you should carry with you in your vehicle.  You do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

If you live in Ireland but you have an NI driving licence you should exchange your NI driving licence for an Irish one before 31 December 2020, to continue to drive legally in Ireland.  Otherwise, you may have to apply for a learner permit and re-take a driving test. 

To find out more about exchanging your NI driving licence in Ireland visit:

Motor insurance

Your UK vehicle insurance policy gives you a minimum of third party cover to drive your vehicle in the EU/EEA, including Ireland.  You do not need a motor insurance green card from your insurance company. 

For more information on driving abroad, motor insurance and towing a trailer: 

GB sticker

The Irish Government has confirmed that vehicles registered in Northern Ireland or Great Britain (GB) are not required to display a GB sticker or symbol when driving in the Republic of Ireland.

Before you go

Make sure:

  • the details on your driving licence are up-to-date
  • you take your driving licence with you
  • you replace your driving licence if it's lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed
  • Replacing your driving licence

Driving in the rest of the EU and EEA during the transition period 

Driving licences and IDPs

If you intend driving in the rest of the EU or EEA during the transitional period you will need your valid NI driving licence.  You do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP).  

If you live and drive in an EU or EEA country you must exchange your NI driving licence for a licence in the country where you live. You should do this before 31 December 2020, so that you can continue to drive legally in your country of residence.

Motor insurance

Your UK vehicle insurance gives you a minimum of third party cover to drive your vehicle in the EU and EEA. You do not require a motor insurance green card from your insurance company.

GB sticker

Although vehicles registered in Northern Ireland or Great Britain are not required to display a GB sticker or symbol when driving in the Republic of Ireland, a GB sticker should be displayed on UK registered vehicles when they're driven in the rest of the EU or EEA. 

Stickers are available from most motoring retailers and motoring  organisations.

For more information about displaying a GB sticker/symbol go to:

Driving in Northern Ireland during the transition period - EU or EEA licence holders 

If you hold a valid EU or EEA driving licence you will not need an International Driving Permit to drive in Northern Ireland.  

The vehicle insurance which EU and EEA drivers have will continue to provide cover to drive in the UK.  A green card will not be necessary.

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