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    Driving Age in Ireland & License Requirements

    Do you need more information about the driving age in Ireland? This page is dedicated to offering helpful information for travelers who will be taking a self-driven tour of the Emerald Isle. Widely considered one of the most naturally beautiful vacation destinations in Europe, Ireland is full of exciting opportunities for visitors looking to explore historic cities, drink delicious beer and whiskey, and navigate through the picturesque natural landscapes of the region.

    In order to make the most of your time in Ireland, a car rental is an absolute necessity - a personal vehicle or a spacious van rental, provides you the an unwavering sense of freedom to explore at your own pace, without being held hostage by seemingly arbitrary public transportation schedules. Check out Auto Europe's comprehensive list of travel tips and the assortment of detailed topics in this guide to prepare for your upcoming trip. We have all of the information you'll need about the driving age in Ireland, local license requirements and more so that you know if you're able tobe fully prepared before you hit the road.

    Ireland License Requirements

    Similar to many European countries, travelers from the United States and Canada can pick up a car in Dublin, Ireland and drive off the lot with a domestic driver's license in good standing. That being said, it is highly encouraged that all travelers acquire an international driver's license. While you may not be legally required to possess one, you may receive a fine if you're pulled over without an IDP. These can be purchased from your local AAA branch for only $15, which is a mere fraction of what you may be fined should you be pulled over without an international driver's license on-hand.

    Driving Age Requirements in Ireland

    • The minimum driving age in Ireland for those renting a car is 21, although drivers under the age of 24 will be subject to a daily fee known as a "young driver surcharge." This surcharge is typically modest and ranges from €8 to €22 per day, depending on the supplier and the value of the vehicle you're renting. In addition to paying a young driver surcharge, drivers under 24 years old may also be required to produce a letter from their insurance company stating they have been accident free for the past 5 years. When you get your free online quote be sure to click on "more information" to read complete details on potential fees if you'll be renting as a young driver, and to confirm that the supplier you're renting with allows young drivers to rent a car in Ireland. Some suppliers may refuse to rent to anyone younger than 24 years old.
    • In addition to having a minimum age to rent a vehicle, some rental car providers have a maximum age requirement in Ireland, which may be as low as 70 years old. If you're over 70 years old and planning on driving a rental car, you may be required to present documentation from your doctor stating you are in sufficient physical and mental condition to drive. You may also be asked to supply a letter from your domestic car insurance company stating you have not been involved in an accident lately, and an agent from the rental agency may conduct a brief road test to confirm you'll be comfortable driving your rental car. Check with your Auto Europe reservations agent by calling 1-888-223-5555 to ensure the agency you're renting with will allow you to rent a vehicle if you're over 70 years old.

    More about Driving Age in Ireland

    As you've likely determined the requirements regarding driving age in Ireland and the license requirements for renting a car during your trip to the Emerald Isle vary slightly, so it's important to do your homework and find the best supplier for your particular age. As an international car rental broker with over 60 years of experience, Auto Europe is equipped to save you money by leveraging our longstanding partnerships with rental car providers in Ireland to find you the best deal with the lowest young-driver surcharge in Ireland. Call Auto Europe toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555 to discuss questions about Ireland driving age requirements or for a free quote.


    Additional Resources: Ireland Parking and Driving Guide

    Ireland Parking Guide by Auto EuropeAfter you've familiarized yourself with requirements for driving age in Ireland, you'll want to check out Auto Europe's tips and secrets for parking in Ireland. Read Now

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