It can take up to 10 days for it to process.

Anyone living in Ireland with a UK or Northern Ireland driving licence is being urged to submit their applications to exchange it now as time is running out.

It can take up to 10 days to process an exchange and the National Driver Licensing Service (NDLS) says it cannot guarantee that any person applying in the second half of October will receive their Irish licence before Brexit day.

In anticipation of an increase in demand for licence exchanges ahead of 31st October, the NDLS is offering some extra opening hours in some of their centres.

The Road Safety Authority  is also warning that motorists who fail to heed their warnings and wait longer to submit an exchange application risk not having their licence exchanged before the October 31st deadline.

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA said:

“We are advising that any applications received after Monday 14 October may not be processed in time. This will certainly be the case if there is a high volume of applications in the coming week and bearing in mind that it takes up of 10 working days to process a normal licence exchange.

“We urge UK and Northern Ireland licence holders’ resident here to exchange their licence without delay to ensure that they are legally entitled to drive on Irish roads if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October.”