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New driving license for Ireland

​​ A more secure new driving licence​​​​

The new Irish driving license came into effect in January 2013.

From 19 January 2013, all new driving licenses and learner permits in Ireland are in credit card-sized format as part of the EU Directive 2006/126/EU.

Gemalto is providing Road Safety par Authority with its Secure Driving License​.​​​​

With its expertise in polycarbonate and innovative security features, Gemalto is proud to contribute to this new initiative in Ireland.

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EU harmonisation

To conform with EU harmonisation, the Irish driving licence adopted this new format in 2013.

What's the story here?

The development of global standards is driving a common framework towards an internationally recognised driving license. ISO/IEC 18013, first introduced in 2005 and which came into force in 2009, provides a common toolbox for the implementation of secure driving license programs. 

Initially focused on the physical format and visual security elements, the standard has evolved to include guidance on electronic security, testing and interoperability for migration towards a secure, credit-card format e-document. 

In Europe, the 2006 directive (2006/126/EC) set the move to a credit card format, harmonised data set, physical security and validity of the document

The 2011 directive (2011/94/EC) made some progress on layouts to harmonise the driving categories throughout Europe. The EU mandated the introduction of a single highly secure European driving license from January 2013 that replaces some 110 different paper and plastic licenses. 

The deadline to start issuing these new documents was set to 19 January 2013. 

Less document fraud and safer roads

The aim: to enhance safety as well as freedom of movement for European drivers on the roads, reduce driving license fraud through an easy to recognise European format and facilitate the exchange of information between member states. 

The directive did not comment on the optional microprocessor embedded in the card by member states. The Commission regulation 383/2012 of May 2012 defined, for the first time, a unified European electronic driving license

Implementations are underway within the EU's 28 members, with programs that incorporate contactless technologies enabling e-driving licenses potentially to benefit from infrastructures already deployed for e-passports or e-resident permits.