Expat Car Leasing, Rental & Chauffeur Ireland

Relocation support for all your mobility needs in Ireland!

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Get a car without an Irish credit history or driver's license

International professionals can arrange for their car before or after moving to Ireland. There are no restrictions on when to start the process with our program. Our Irish partner will help arrange finance, insurance, registration and road tax and have you “on the road” within 48 hours of your arrival – and in most cases, 24 hours!

Full insurance and maintenance program can be offered with the lease.

Free "Personal Car Shopper Service"

Our intercultural program will provide you a skilled and knowledgeable professional contact who understands the car market in Ireland.

New and Used Cars

Let your Personal Car Specialist assist you with locating the right car for you.

Expat Auto Leasing

We offer flexible leasing options at competitive interest rates per annum for qualifying customers.

Car Rental for expatriates

Rentals are from 1 day up to 12 months. The rental car program covers 100 countries globally. Click here to book…

We offer destination services for all your mobility needs in all of Ireland

All major cities and all smaller cities, we’ll be there for you: Dublin, Cork, Dún Laoghaire, Limerick, Galway, Tallaght, Waterford, Swords, Drogheda, Dundalk and the list goes on…

No matter what Irish province you are relocating to, contact us for your car needs: Leinster, Ulster, Munster or Connacht

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need an Irish driver's license to start a lease?

    No, it is not a requirement. You can drive with an international driver's license for 12 months. After 12 months, the driver needs to have an Irish driver's license.

  • What is included in the lease?

    Leases include warranty, delivery and annual road tax. Each year you will receive a new tax disc and the cost is built into your monthly lease payments. You have options to add maintenance and/or insurance.

  • Is insurance included in the lease payments?

    No, insurance is a separate product. We can offer insurance through our lease program or you can source this on your own.

  • Do you offer used vehicles for lease?

    No, we currently only offer new vehicles for lease, between 24-60 months.

  • What is Personal Car Shopper Service?

    It’s a free service. Our program will provide you a skilled and knowledgeable contact person who understands the car market in Ireland.

  • What is the estimated delivery time for a lease car?

    Once a vehicle has been chosen and all required documents have been submitted, it takes approximately 1-3 months to receive the vehicle.

  • Can someone lease a car under the age of 25?

    No, the minimum age for leasing a car in Ireland is 25 years.

  • When is the down payment due?

    The down payment is due prior to taking delivery of your vehicle, approximately within 2 weeks of signing the lease agreement.

  • Do I get my down payment back at the end of the lease?

    The down payment is used to offset the capital cost of the vehicle in your quote, reducing your monthly payments. The higher the down payment, the lower the monthly cost. Down payments are therefore not returned at the end of the lease.

  • What happens if I go over my contracted mileage?

    There is an excess to pay at the end of the lease, charged per kilometer you drive beyond your contract mileage. This rate varies depending on the type of vehicle and length of the contract. If you know you are going to exceed your mileage and your contract is outside of the first 12 and last 6 months, options can be discussed to help you avoid an end of contract charge by re-writing your contract.

  • What happens if the lease car needs to be returned earlier?

    If a lease car is returned earlier than the lease term, 50% of the remaining months left on the lease must be paid.

  • Who can drive my lease car?

    Anybody with a valid driver’s license to drive a vehicle in Ireland, and who is insured to do so, can drive the car.

  • I want to bring my car abroad. What do I need to do?

    You need to notify your insurance provider if you are travelling abroad. If travelling to mainland Europe you must contact our lease supplier as you will require a cover letter.

Practical Information on Driving in Ireland

Speed Limit

Motorways: 120 km/h (75 mph)
National Routes: 100 km/h (62 mph)
Local and regional roads: 80 km/h (50 mph)

Alcohol & Driving

Don’t do it! Drinking and driving are taken very seriously in Ireland and few people will risk getting behind the wheel even after one drink. The legal limit to drive in Ireland is 0.05 ml of blood – which is lower than that 0.08 ml legal limit in many other countries.

Kids in Cars

Children under 150 cm in height and weighing less than 36 kilograms (generally children up to 11-12 years old) must use the correct child seat or booster cushion.


Valid US, Canadian, or EU driver’s license, Passport (required, if your driver’s license does not have a photo) International driver’s license, Vehicle registration document (V5) (required)

Minimum Age

You Must be 17 years of age to drive a vehicle in Ireland.

Expat Auto Insurance

While you can opt out of the CDW coverage in some countries, it is a mandatory insurance in Ireland. Proof of third-party insurance (required)

Phone & Driving

It is illegal to hold a mobile phone in your hand or support it with another part of your body, for example, between your head and shoulder, when you’re driving. You can only use your mobile when you’re driving if you are phoning 999 or 112.

Seat Belts

There is a legal obligation in Ireland to be restrained when motoring and this applies to drivers and passengers

Driver's License

As an expat in Ireland, you can drive on a driving license from any state outside the EU/EEA for up to a year provided the driving license is current and valid. However, on taking up ‘normal residence’ in Ireland you must either exchange your driving license or apply for a driving license in Ireland.

How to Exchange your foreign driver’s license to an Ireland Driver’s License

If you have a driving license issued by an EU/EEA member state, you can drive in Ireland as long as your existing license is valid. If you wish to exchange your driving license for an equivalent Irish driving license, you must do so within 10 years of your driving license expiring.
Where a driving license has been issued on foot of an exchange from a country that Ireland does not have an exchange agreement with then Ireland cannot exchange the driving license.
To complete an application, you will need to submit:

• Fully completed application form for a Driving license D401
• Current or most recent EU/EEA driving license (if your license has expired by less than ten years or does not have a category start date you will need to provide an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the relevant licensing authority)
• If you do not have your most recent driving license in your possession, you will need to present an original letter of entitlement / driver statement from the appropriate licensing authority and must complete the lost or stolen license declaration on the application form and have it witnessed by a member of An Garda Síochána
• Certified translations are required for all letters of entitlement / driver statements which are not in English or Irish
• Photographic I.D.
• Proof of your personal public services number (PPSN)
• Evidence of address dated within the last six months is required if your current address is not recorded on your permit and it differs from that provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) if and when you applied for a PSC
• Evidence of residency entitlement, (if you hold a public services card and your place of birth or nationality are within the European Union/European Economic Area, it is adequate to present the PSC)
• Fully completed NDLS medical report form, dated within one month, if required in your case
• Evidence of certificate of professional competence (CPC), if required
• If exchanging a Northern Ireland license it must be accompanied by the counterpart
• Application fee of €55

Reciprocity Agreements

Ireland has reciprocity agreements with all EU members and a list of other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and South Africa. The Canadian province of Ontario was recently added to the list and rest of Canada is expected to follow shortly.

Visit the National Driver’s License Service for updated information:
the National Driver’s License Service.

Note: Information may not be up-to-date. Please check official government information for latest laws and regulations.

We finance all makes and models across the nations

We offer the following car brands and any other car brand available in Ireland
Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford,Genesis, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, MG, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Skoda, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo

"I highly recommend ExpatRide for anybody looking for a car after making the big move!"

– Andreas from Denmark, Audi A4

”The service we received was amazing! Out of everything we've had to do with our move overseas, getting our new car was the easiest and most stress-free."

About our partner in Ireland:

Our partner is Ireland’s leading expat lease company with nearly 19,000 vehicles managed on their fleet. Established in 1983.

Whether it is for business or personal use, they can find the ideal specification and terms to suit your needs.

We are ready to assist!

    • Start process before or after arrival to Ireland
    • Build an Irish credit score
    • We can source any make and model
    • Personal Car Shopper Service (free intercultural service) - saves time and hassle with visiting dealers
    • Competitive interest rate