Reduced Essential Driver Training Programme (EDT) for Full Foreign Licence Holders

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From 21 January 2019 the Road Safety Authority (RSA) will introduce a reduced EDT programme for drivers who currently hold a full car licence (category B) but come from a country that does not have a licence exchange agreement with Ireland. When you get your first Irish learner permit, in order to sit your driving test you must complete Essential Driver Training (EDT). The full course is twelve one-hour sessions.

The reduced EDT programme is six one-hour sessions. It will teach you some of the most vital driving skills and help you to continue driving safely by improving your knowledge and understanding of road safety in Ireland.

Who can apply?

Holders of a current full foreign driving licence from another country with which Ireland does not have a licence exchange agreement.

Conditions for applying

Foreign Licence (EDT) Reduced Requirements Application Form

  1. You must hold a full foreign driving licence.
  2. You must have held a licence for at least two years.
  3. Your licence must not have expired more than six months on the date of receipt of application form.
  4. You must be resident in Ireland.
  5. You must hold an Irish learner permit.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the application form (pdf) titled: ‘Foreign Licence Holders Application for Reduced Essential Driver Training (EDT) and/or Exemption from Six Months Wait Time for Driving Test’. Further information can be found at: www.rsa.ie.
  2. Enclose your original full foreign driving licence.
  3. Enclose a Letter of Entitlement. This is a document that you must get from the licensing body who issued your foreign licence.
  4. Post these to: Reduced EDT, National Driver Licence Service, PO Box 858, Southside Delivery Office, Cork.

*From 21 January 2019 application forms will be available on www.rsa.ie and www.ndls.ie. Please follow the application instructions on the websites.

Only instructors approved by the RSA can deliver the reduced Essential Driver Training programme.


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