Apply for a digital tachograph driver card

Find out how to apply for a driver card, renew an expired card, replace a lost or stolen card, or exchange an EU driver card for an Irish one. You can also track an existing application online.  Please note this is NOT an application for a Plastic Card Driver Licence - this is an application for a digitial tachograph card.

Note!

This is NOT an application for a Plastic Card Drivers Licence

Replacement of lost, stolen, damaged or faulty digital tachograph cards

If your digital tachograph card is lost, stolen, damaged, or malfunctioning, you should apply to have it replaced as soon as possible. If your digital tachograph card is damaged or malfunctioning, it must be returned to the Road Safety Authority with your application for a replacement. If your card is lost/stolen, please ensure that you have searched thoroughly for it, as once a replacement application is made it is not possible to cancel it.

Before you make your application for a replacement malfunctioning card, please wipe the chip of the card with a damp cloth using surgical spirits and insert into unit afterwards to see if it works.

 

Fee

A digital tachograph card for a driver costs:

  • €45 if you apply online, or
  • €60 if you apply by post - credit or debit card details only. Cash, postal orders, cheques or bank drafts are not accepted methods of payment.

If you send us a card that has stopped working and, upon examination, it is found that the card has a manufacturing fault, the fee will be refunded. However, if the card has been physically damaged, the standard replacement fee will stand.

Driving without your card

  • You may drive without a card for a maximum of 15 days, provided you can prove your card was unusable during that time.
  • If driving without a card, you must keep a record of your work and driving hours and can do this by taking a printout from your Vehicle Unit before and after your working day. These printouts must be signed on the back by you and include your driver number. Replacement cards are given priority.

OPTION 1: Apply Online

  • online iconFill out the online application form and pay online.
  • garda iconFor lost/stolen cards only: bring your application to a Garda station. The Garda must complete, sign and stamp the Garda Report on Section 1.
  • card iconFor damaged cards only: send your card to the RSA (with your application).
  • letter iconNon Irish EU driving licence only: send a printout of your application form and a copy of your valid drivers licence to the RSA.
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Benefits of applying online

  • It's cheaper
  • Online applications get processing priority
  • Quick and easy online payment facility
  • Ability to track your application online

OPTION 2: Apply by Post

  • printer iconFirst, download and print an application form (PDF) and fill out by hand.
  • garda iconFor lost/stolen cards only: bring your application to a Garda station. The Garda must complete, sign and stamp the Garda Report on Section 1.
  • card iconFor damaged cards only: send your card to the RSA (with your application).
  • letter iconSend your application form and payment to the RSA. Credit/debit card details are the only accepted methods of payment.

Driver Card Replacement Form [English] (83kB)

OPTION 3: Apply in person

You can apply for a driver card at our public office, where your documents will be checked on the spot. You must bring your:

  • Completed application form (PDF)
  • Original driver licence
  • ID document (passport or birth certificate)
  • Passport photograph
  • EU licence holders must also bring proof of residence (a photocopy of a bank statement, utility bill or PPSN letter issued from Dept of Social Protection, no more than 3 months old, are the only residency proofs acceptable)

To apply in person, visit us at: Road Safety Authority, Clonfert House, Bride Street, Loughrea, Co Galway.