Driving Licence Requirements

Requirements for obtaining an SPSV driver licence

SPSV driver licences are granted only to people who:-

  • Are confirmed by An Garda Síochána to be suitable persons to hold SPSV driver licences;
  • Hold an Irish driving licence or a driving licence from another EU, EEA or other recognised state;
  • Remain tax cleared with the Revenue Commissioners; and
  • Pass the SPSV Entry Test and obtain the SPSV Skills Development Certificate (Exception: applicants for local area hackney driver licences are not required to pass the SPSV Entry Test.)

Irish Driving Licence Requirements

Driving licence Applicants for an SPSV driver licence must hold a full Irish driving licence – Class B or higher, free from disqualification and free from endorsement (including penalty points) – or an equivalent licence from an EU or EEA Member State or another recognised state.

If the licence is in a language other than English or Irish, and it is either:-

  1. An EU licence issued prior to 19th January 2013 or
  2. Issued by an EEA Member State or other recognised state outside the EU

The applicant is required to include with their application a certified stamped letter from the relevant Embassy stating that the licence is true and valid. Alternatively, they may be entitled to exchange their driving licence for a full Irish driving licence – please reference the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) for more information (