What happens to my UK driving licence when I exchange it for an Irish one? I've heard it gets returned to the DVLA in Swansea. Does it become void afterwards? Can I purchase a replacement UK licence and submit the old one for exchange?
Irish authorities write a pretty ambiguous instruction for the driver license exchange within the EU.
Actually, you can apply to the exchange even without other EU driver license card. NDLS contacts the country issued your original driver license and get information about the issuing process. Your driver license gets exchanged if it's original one with the previous driver test taken place in that country. The exchange is rejected if the previous driver license was exchanged somehow previously.