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Do I need a special driving permit when driving in Ireland?

The answer to this question rests on which country you are from. Ireland recognises both North American and Canadian driving permits or licenses. This means that, if you are from either one of these two countries and / or hold an officially issued driver’s permit, you can operate a vehicle on Ireland’s roads. Those who do not hold a North American or Canadian issued driver’s permit would need an internationally recognised permit that certifies them as a competent driver.

For those of you thinking of getting an international driver’s permit, the process is fairly easy with organisations, including the AA, offering affordable and officially recognised ones. What’s good about acquiring this permit is that you not only have the ability to drive a vehicle in Ireland, but a great number of other countries as well. This makes it ideal for travellers who would like to tour regions like Europe, with Ireland being one of your major stopovers.

The most recognised international permit is a 1949 Convention IDP/permit, which will give you the right to drive in most countries (except for Brazil, Burundi, Iraq and Somalia). As most car rental services, police and other state officials require that you produce such a document to commandeer a vehicle, it is highly recommended that you have one processed before you leave your country. After one is issued to you, you can rest assured that you will not encounter any hassles when operating a vehicle.

Even though North Americans are permitted to drive in Ireland using their country issued driving permits, it must be noted that they’re only allowed to do so for up to 12 months and, thereafter, will be required to have an internationally recognised permit as well.

If you are planning to stay at the Ardboyne Hotel, feel free to contact us for more information about our accommodation options, attractions in Ireland and anything else you need to know about this beautiful country we call home.