Reduced EDT program for Overseas Drivers


Reduced Essential Driver Training (EDT) Program

In early 2019 new Regulations allowing drivers from outside of Ireland who hold a current valid car licence but come from a country that does not have a licence exchange agreement with Ireland can apply for a learner permit and complete the reduced EDT program.


What EDT sessions will eligible drivers be required to complete?

Drivers having established their eligibility through the NDLS and who have received a learner permit will be required to complete the Reduced EDT Program. Rather than sit the mandatory 12 lessons, only 6 Lessons are required, 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 before sitting the practical Driving Test.


How does it impact on ADI's?

 Additional training may be required to ensure that each student is competent to pass the Irish Driving Test and drive in a safe and socially responsible way in the Irish driving environment.


How will an ADI know that a person is eligible for the Reduced EDT programme?

It is the individual's responsibility  to establish eligibility for the Reduced EDT programme before engaging an ADI. This will be done by submitting the relevant documentation to the NDLS/RSA Driver Licensing section whereby a letter of entitlement will be issued to each qualifying driver. This letter needs to be shown to the ADI  for verification.


Will ADI's be required to issue an EDT Logbook ?

Yes, ADIs are required to issue an EDT Logbook to each driver after the Reduced EDT session 1 has been completed.  Existing EDT Logbooks will still be used with the requirement for ADIs to correctly complete, sign and stamp EDT sessions 1, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 only. The Reduced EDT program can only be completed and uploaded to the EDT Portal in the sequence set out above.



What about the ‘6 month rule’?

Drivers who are eligible for the Reduced EDT programme will not be required to wait six months before taking the practical Irish Driving Test.