Until you are here long enough to get your Irish Drivers license and gain some years of no claims bonus, your auto insurance expenses will be a little extreme. My insurance costs are quadruple what they were in the US and many companies will not even offer you insurance without your Irish license. Even though you are allowed to drive here for 12 months after arrival, I would not advise that you wait that long.
Insurance Companies that will offer insurance with a US License:
Getting your Irish Drivers License
For US Citizens, it is like starting over again.
- You will have to take a driver theory test
- Apply for a first time Learner Permit
- Complete a 12 hour Essential Drivers Training (EDT)
- Apply finally for your full Irish Drivers License
Written Test Preparation
The written test is 40 questions and you must answer 35 correctly, so preparation is important.
EDT Training Centers
There are 2 that I have found that will allow you to complete your 12 hours of required EDT in 2-3 days since you are exempt from the 6 month waiting period.