Allied Driving Instructors would aim to get this reduced EDT program done in a single day or two half days. Although it can also be spread out of a longer time. Experienced drivers can typically do this in the form of four 1 & 1/2 hour lessons. These lessons would ideally be in the driver’s chosen test area.

In early 2019 new regulations allowed a streamlining for certain drivers. Those who hold a current valid car licence from a country that does not have a licence exchange agreement with Ireland to apply for a learner permit and the reduced EDT programme. The driver can apply for a driving test on completion of the course. If success successful in passing the driving test they can apply for their full Irish licence.

Reduced EDT FAQ

What is the Reduced EDT Programme?

The course is a mandatory driver training programme for drivers from outside of Ireland who currently hold a valid full car licence but come from a country who does not have a licence exchange agreement with Ireland. If you do not have a full and valid licence from another country you will need to do the full EDT course.

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 sessions 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 before sitting the practical Driving Test.

Where do I get a logbook?

ADIs are required to issue an EDT Logbook to each driver after session 1 has been completed. There will be no new Logbook specifically for the programme. Standard EDT Logbooks will still be used. This requires ADIs to correctly complete, sign and stamp EDT sessions 1, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 only. The course 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 course will not be required to wait six months before taking the practical Irish Driving Test.

More details to follow.

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