Driving Licence and Learner Permit Extension
Driving licences that expired from the 1st March to the 31st August 2020 have been automatically extended by seven months in total.
Learner permits that expired from the 1st March to the 30th June 2020 were automatically extended by four months and have been further extended by an additional four months.
For learner permits expiring between 1 July and 31 October 2020 (including those already extended), the validity period of those permits will be automatically extended for a further four-month period.
Remember, you cannot apply for a renewal of your licence or learner permit more than 3 months before the date of expiry of your current licence/permit so please ensure your licence/permit is within the 3 month renewal window.
For more information on the extension of validity of expired driver licences and learner permits click here.
• Please note that if you have applied for your licence at an NDLS centre, your licence should be processed within 5 to 9 working days. You should allow an additional 2-5 working days for delivery by An Post. Therefore you do not need to contact the NDLS if you have only made your application in the last three weeks. If you have not received your licence or permit three weeks from the date you visited the NDLS centre please contact the NDLS by email. Please note exchanges of foreign licences to an Irish licence will take longer to process as the licence entitlements have to be verified.
• If you have applied for an exchange of your foreign licence please be aware that in exceptional circumstances this may take up to 3 months as your licence has to be verified by the country that issued it.
Queries and feedback
We welcome your feedback and enquiries. If you request a response, depending on the nature of your communication we aim to contact you within 2 working days. Complaints while welcome may take longer to investigate and respond to. You can also read our frequently asked questions which may answer your specific query.
• Fill out the online feedback form providing as much detail as possible
• Write to us at:
National Driver Licence Service
Po Box 858
Southside Delivery Office
•Phone +353 (0) 761 087 880 Our opening hours are 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays and on Saturdays 9am to 1pm
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