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Driver Identification Cards and Roof Sign Area Sticker

When your application for an SPSV driver licence (new or renewal) has been processed and approved, the Gardaí issue you with an SPSV driver licence and the National Transport Authority sends you two forms of identification: a large driver display card for display on the dashboard of any SPSV you drive, and a smart card that you are required to keep with you at all times while you are operating as an SPSV driver.

Both forms of identification show your name, your driver licence number, the expiry date of your licence, and the area in which you can stand or ply for hire in a taxi or, in the case of a local area hackney driver, the area in which you can operate. These are valuable items, essential to your work as an SPSV driver, and you must keep them safely. If you lose either of these identification cards, you must report the loss to your Garda PSV office immediately.

Identification cards are issued in two different colours:

  • Purple identification cards are issued to operators who have passed the SPSV Entry Test (or, in the case of drivers licensed prior to the introduction of the Skills Development Programme, the Industry Knowledge Test). These cards demonstrate to customers that the driver has obtained the National Transport Authority’s certification.
  • Yellow identification cards are issued to drivers licensed prior to the introduction of the Skills Development Programme who hold a current, valid SPSV driver licence, but who have not yet obtained the National Transport Authority’s certification.

Driver display card

Your driver display card must be clearly visible on the dashboard of the vehicle at all times when you are operating. The card shows the county in which you are licensed to stand or ply for hire in a taxi or wheelchair accessible taxi.

While operating a taxi or wheelchair accessible taxi, you are permitted to stand or ply for hire only in the county specified on your driver display card. You can, of course, drive a passenger to a destination outside this county, and you are permitted to accept pre-booked journeys from other counties. However, if you want to stand or ply for hire in more than one county, you will need to pass the Area Knowledge Test for each additional county.

If you pass the Area Knowledge Test for more than one county, you receive a driver display card for each one. Then, if you are standing or plying for hire, you should display the card that relates to the county in which you are operating.

Smart card

You must carry your smart card with you at all times when you are operating as an SPSV driver.

Roof sign area sticker

If you are driving a taxi or wheelchair accessible taxi, your roof sign must include only the area sticker that represents the county in which you are licensed to stand or ply for hire.