Digital Tachograph Driver Card (Ireland)

The digital tachograph card is one of the ways Ireland is improving its road safety conditions. It is an official legally requirements for all commercial bus and truck drivers. Learn more about it here.

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Digital tachograph driver card

The card stores information about the holder’s daily work as a driver. Specifically, the card is used with the tachograph, a device fitted to a vehicle that digitally records its speed and distance, together with the driver's activity selected from a choice of modes. This encourages road responsibility and safety.

A personal tachograph driver card is a plastic card card with a microchip.

Digital driver card requirements

To apply for this card, these are the requirements:

How to apply for a digital tachograph driver card?

There are two ways to apply: online and by post.


  1. Fill out your application and pay for it online here;
  2. Print out your application form to a Garda station and get your photo and signature witnessed;
  3. Send your complete application, including photo and supporting documents, to the RSA.

By post

  1. Print out an application form and fill it out by hand;
  2. Have your signature and photo witnessed in a Garda station;
  3. Send your complete application, including photo and supporting documents, to the RSA. Pay using credit/debit card details.

Digital driver card photo requirements

Check your application photo against these requirements:

Here is an example:

Digital tachograph driver card photo

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You will have two types of photos. Digital - for electronic applications and a template for printing.

Example of Ireland digital driver card
Irish digital driver card for printing

Digital tachograph driver card cost

The fee depends on which way you apply:

Digital tachograph driver card validity

Each card is valid for five years and can store 28 days' worth of data. Upon expiry, it will need to be renewed.

Digital tachograph driver card renewal

Once your card expires, you must apply for a new one. The application methods are practically the same, except that photos may be optional (photos are required to be renewed every ten years). Apply at least 3-4 weeks before your card’s expiry date.

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