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Minister Eamon Ryan TD and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD have announced that there will be an additional extension to driving licences.

The extension will apply to different groups of licence holders including those who benefited from extensions in 2020. The change will apply as follows-

Under Covid-19 Level 5 Government restrictions effective from 06 January 2021 you can attend an appointment at an NDLS centre if you are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets. For further details on essential services see www.gov.ie.

If you have an appointment over the next six weeks and you are an essential worker you are exempt from level 5 travel restrictions and should attend as normal. It may be useful to show proof of your appointment (text or email confirmation of booking) if stopped by An Garda Síochána. You can book an appointment at www.ndls.ie

Medical Report Exemption for those aged 70 and over with no medical condition

If you are aged 70 and over and do not have a medical condition - details here you do not need to submit a medical report provided you are not renewing or applying for bus or truck categories. This is a temporary exemption and will be in place until 30 June 2021.

Postal Applications for those age 70 years and over

All those 70 years and over who have previously presented at an NDLS centre in the last 5 years and whose licence or permit is due for renewal will receive a renewal pack in the post and be invited to apply by post.

If you intend to avail of the postal application, there is no need to contact NDLS or to attend any centre. If you have made an appointment please ensure that you cancel it here. All cancelled appointments will be made available for other applicants.

From 1 January 2021 if you are resident in Ireland and hold a UK/NI driving licence it is no longer valid to drive on here in Ireland. It is not legal for driving purposes and must therefore be exchanged.

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

You can now apply online to exchange your UK/N.I licence if you have a Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID. Alternatively, you can apply in person at an NDLS Centre. You must book an appointment here to attend any of our 36 NDLS centres. For further details on what you need to bring to your appointment click here.

For further details on exchanging a UK/NI driving licence click here.

For FAQ’s on Brexit and driving licence exchange please click here.

A UK/NI driving licence is regarded as a licence from a ‘recognised state’ for exchange purposes and the following rules apply;

All those 70 years and over who have previously presented at an NDLS centre in the last 5 years and whose licence or permit is due for renewal will receive a renewal pack in the post and be invited to apply by post.

If you intend to avail of the postal application, there is no need to contact NDLS or to attend any centre. If you have made an appointment please ensure that you cancel it here. All cancelled appointments will be made available for other applicants.

A medical report form is required for all applicants who are aged 70 years and over and can be downloaded here.

The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is issuing a final reminder to anyone resident in Ireland with a UK / NI driving licence that they need to exchange it now, as their UK/NI licence will not be valid to drive here after 31 December 2020.

While the UK has left the EU, a transition period was agreed that allowed for the exchange of driving licences to continue. That transition period ends on the 31st of December 2020. If you are resident in Ireland and using a UK/ N.I licence to drive it will no longer be valid to drive on here in Ireland after this date.

It is vital that you have a valid driving licence and that you are legally allowed to drive in Ireland by exchanging a UK licence for an Irish driving licence.

Postal Applications for those age 70 years and over

All those 70 years and over who have previously presented at an NDLS centre in the last 5 years and whose licence or permit is due for renewal will receive a renewal pack in the post and be invited to apply by post.

If you intend to avail of the postal application, there is no need to contact NDLS or to attend any centre. If you have made an appointment please ensure that you cancel it here. All cancelled appointments will be made available for other applicants.

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If you are aged 70 and over and do not have a medical condition - details here you do not need to submit a medical report on renewal. This is a temporary exemption and will be in place until 31 December 2020. From the 1 Jan 2021 a medical report form will be required for all applicants who are aged 70 and over.

If you hold a manual driving licence for category B and hold a driving licence with automatic transmission for categories BE, C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E, you may be entitled to have the restriction (code 78) removed.


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We are aware that in some rare cases the plastic covering on a driving licence or learner permit may begin to peel. Peeling may be found on or around the holographic part of your driving licence or learner permit. For that reason, there is a new plastic foil covering on all plastic card driving licences and learner permits issued since August 2020.

The new plastic foil offers more robustness and durability without changing the appearance or the validity of the card in any way. If your driving licence or learner permit is showing signs of significant peeling, you can have it replaced. You can do so by posting your driving licence/learner permit to RSA Returns, PO 13276, Dublin 15.