Ukrainians now able to exchange driving licence for Irish licence

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Ukrainians fleeing their country can now exchange their Ukrainian driving licence for an Irish driving licence, making it easier for them to drive to work, school and other public services.

Minister Eamon Ryan signed an Order to allow those temporarily resident in Ireland because of the war to drive their cars here if they exchange their Ukrainian driving licence.

This follows an announcement earlier this week that there will be increased and enhanced public transport services rolled out to support Ukrainians in more rural locations.

“After providing housing and shelter, one of the most important things we can do for our Ukrainian guests is to give them with the ability to move around easily, where they are located first, and then throughout the country, where they may have family and friends,” said Minister Eamon Ryan.

“This Order allows Ukrainians to exchange their Ukrainian driving licences for an Irish licence on a temporary basis.”

He explained that it operates much like renting a car if we are in another country, for example, and comes with the same warnings that users must be acutely aware of the rules of the road in that country.

“I strongly urge anyone applying for an Irish licence to take time to familiarise themselves with the Irish road system.”