Reduced Essential Driver Training (EDT) and/or exemption from the 6-months rule
On 21 January, 2019 the RSA introduced a shorter EDT programme for foreign licence holders whose driving licence from another country (jurisdiction) with which Ireland does not have an exchange agreement and may qualify for an exemption from EDT lessons 2,3,4,8,11 and 12.
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 foreign driving licence from another country with which Ireland does not have a licence exchange agreement. Conditions for applying:
1. You must hold a foreign driving licence.
2. You must have held a licence for at least two years prior to the issue of your Irish learner permit.
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.