Forms and criteria for renewing your licence
Who can renew
You may apply to renew your driving licence if you:
- Hold a licence due to expire within 3 months
- Held a licence that expired less than 10 years ago
- Wish to exchange a current valid licence issued by a Member State of the EU or of the European Economic Area or another 'recognised state'*
*Countries designated 'recognised states' have licensing systems broadly similar to ours. These include: Australia, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, New Zealand, Japan, Jersey, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan.
If you are disqualified from driving, or if your driving licence is suspended or withdrawn in the EU, or by a recognised state, you may not apply for a driving licence until the period of the disqualification/withdrawal of the driving licence has expired.
Checklist for renewal
Important note - please ensure to complete any forms in block capitals using a black ballpoint pen. The application form must only be printed and not photocopied for quality control purposes.
Where you are renewing your full licence, you must apply at an NDLS centre and submit:
- A fully completed NDLS "Application Form for a Driving Licence D401"
- The appropriate fee
- Your current/most recent full licence
- Documentation to verify your PPSN
- A completed NDLS Medical report form if required in your case
Your age will determine the licence term you can apply for:
- Under 60: 10-year
- 60-66: a licence that will expire when you reach 70
- 67-69: 3-year licence
- 70 or over: 3-year or 1-year licence (subject to certification of fitness to drive by your doctor)
The age in question is your age on the first day of the period for which the licence is being granted. A 1-year or 3-year licence may be granted in exceptional circumstances where, for medical reasons, a longer licence term cannot be granted.
- 1-year: €25
- 3-year: €35
- 10-year: €55
- Licence valid to age 70 (not more than 10-year): €55
- Applicant is 70 or over on licence start date: no fee
- Adding a category to existing licence: €35
The National Driver Licence Service will accept the following payment methods with your application:
- Cash (where you attend in person at the NDLS centre)
- Bank draft
- Money order
- Debit card / credit card / prepaid credit card
The NDLS will only accept one method of payment for each application. The NDLS will only accept one payment for one application – a single payment for multiple applications will not be accepted.
Cheque, bank drafts or money orders must be made payable to 'National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)'. For applications paid for by cheque, please note that those applications will be placed on hold until the cheque clears.
The NDLS will process debit and credit card payments in accordance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) rules. If you wish to use a third party debit or credit card for payment, then the third party must be present in person to make the payment.