The Irish government is hailing the “enormous benefit” of being able to exchange Irish driving licences in Canada.
Irish driving licences can now be exchanged in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador without the need to sit a test.
An agreement has been signed between the province and the Irish government, allowing for mutual recognition of licences.
Under previous rules, Irish drivers were unable to exchange their home licence for the local equivalent, meaning they had to register as a learner driver and sit a full road test.
The new agreement means Irish licence holders can simply swap their licence for one issued by Service NL, the provincial licencing authority.
It also means that those who never held an Irish licence, but who successfully sat their test in Newfoundland and Labrador, can now swap their licence for an Irish equivalent.
“This is the third Canadian province with which we have reached an exchange arrangement on driver licences, and I hope to see others follow soon,” Ireland’s Transport Minister, Paschal Donohoe, said.
“Over a number of recent years, significant numbers of Irish people have moved to work in Canada, and I know that being able to exchange a driving licence can be of enormous benefit to them,” the Fine Gael TD added.
Similar arrangements are already in place in Ontario and Manitoba, where Irish licences are recognised in these provinces, and vice versa.