Important Driving Licence Information for renting in Ireland


In order to comply with our insurance policy, the following restrictions now apply in relation to eligibility to rent a car in Ireland:

Customers must have been eligible to hold a valid driver's licence for 8 years of which 2 years must be at a full driver's licence qualification.

To rent a People Carrier, customers must have been eligible to hold a valid driver's licence for 10 years of which 2 years must be at a full driver's licence qualification.

To rent a Minibus, a 4x4 or a Luxury Car, customers must have been eligible to hold a valid driver's licence for 12 years of which 2 years must be at a full driver's licence qualification.

Restrictions may be reduced where renters provide their own fully comprehensive insurance cover, by prior arrangement only. Renters must produce a copy of their motor insurance policy at the time of rental.


If you have the new format Photocard Driver's Licence, you must show the original of both the Photocard and its paper counterpart. If you are resident of a country other than Ireland, you must show the original of your driving licence issued in your country of permanent residence, along with a translation into English (where appropriate). Only the renter or drivers agreed by Avis are permitted to drive the vehicle.


For any customers that are aged 75 years and over, we would require the following:
Confirm that you drive on a regular basis.
Provide us with a letter from your insurance company to confirm that you have an up to date insurance policy, and have not any accident in the past 5 years,
Provide us with a letter from you doctor confirming that you are in good health and fit to drive.
The Avis rental agent may ask to sit into the car with you to assess your driving.   

For a full up to date listing of Terms and Conditions for renting in Ireland, please click here.

For additional information about driving in Ireland, please click here.

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