Background

From 1 August 2017 drivers with an Irish licence who are disqualified from driving in the UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) for certain road traffic offences will have their disqualifications recognised and applied in the Republic of Ireland. UK licence holders who are disqualified in the UK but are resident in the Republic will also have the disqualification applied here in the Republic.

Similarly, drivers who hold a UK drivers licence that are disqualified by Irish courts will have their disqualifications recognised in the UK. The initiative known as Mutual Recognition of Driving Disqualifications covers specific traffic offences committed on or after 1 August 2017. The purpose behind the initiative is to keep dangerous drivers off our roads and to make our roads safer.

Opening Date: 16th May 2017
Closing Date: 16th June 2017

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) now wish to open a competitive call for applications for an RSA Research Grant in Traffic Medicine. The overarching aim of this Research Grant is to support high quality research projects that develop and sustain research based guidelines that encompass all or one of our three main aims:

From 17June 2017 any person sitting the Driver Theory Test will be required to present a Public Services Card at the Test Centre as proof of ID. At the time of booking the test, applicants will be asked to confirm that they possess a public services card.

In the test centre, the only acceptable form of ID will be the Public Services Card. The card will be used to verify name, PPS number and identity of the person attending for the test. Applicants will need to ensure that the spelling of the name in which they book their test matches exactly the spelling of their name on the card.

The opening hours for the Christmas period are as follows:

December NDLS
Monday 19th 9.00 -17.00
Tuesday 20th  9.00 -17.00
Wednesday 21st 9.00 -17.00
Thursday 22nd 9.00 - 17.00
Friday 23rd 9.00 - 17.00
Saturday 24th Closed
Tuesday 27th Closed - Bank Holiday
Wednesday 28th 9.00 -17.00
Thursday 29th 9.00 -17.00
Friday 30th 9.00 -17.00
Saturday 31st 9.00 - 14.00
January  
Monday 2nd Closed - Bank Holiday
Tuesday 3rd 9.00 - 17.00

After the close of business at 2pm, Saturday the 20th of February the NDLS Carlow centre will move premises. The new address will be Unit 1, Ground Floor, Graigue Village Centre, Co. Carlow.
The new centre will open on Monday morning at 9am and expects to be fully operation from that time. There will be signage in place at the old unit to advise customers of the new location downstairs.

From 5 June 2015 there will be changes that will, in some cases, affect the length of time driving licences and learner permits are valid for.

An example will explain the change- before 5 June 2015 a driver who applied to renew a ten year licence two months in advance of the existing one expiring got a new licence that lasted for ten years and two months from the issue date of the new licence.

From 5 June 2015 the person in the example will get a licence for ten years from the date of issue of the new licence. This is to bring us into line with the way licences are issued in other EU countries. Drivers can still apply for a licence up to three months in advance of the expiry date of the licence.

The NDLS has confirmed that from Wednesday 18th February its service in Cavan has moved back to its permanent location in Unit 5 Cavan Shopping Centre, Cavan.

 

Please note the NDLS wishes to advise customer that due to technical reasons we are currently unable to take credit/debit card payments in any of the NDLS Centres. If you are attending an NDLS centre today, please ensure that you bring alternative payment e.g. cash, cheque, postal order or bank draft. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to our customers.

Welcome to the new NDLS.ie website, developed by Ireland Website Design. The new website has a host of new features, including:

  • Mobile responsiveness - book in on the go, with full access to all the information you need.
  • Online bookings - simple to use, easy to book in.
  • Interactive map - locate the nearest NDLS office to you.
  • Appointments calendar - check the latest dates and available slots for the centre closest to you

There's also more information on the processes involved at NDLS and a new FAQ section which should make it easier for you to find the answers to any questions you may have.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has confirmed that from Wednesday 10th September, the NDLS service in Cavan will be re-locating to a temporary NDLS Office in the Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Road, Cavan (Sat Nav Co-ordinates Latitude: N53.98.193˚, Longtitude: W7.34.165˚).

The office will operate from a room on the 1st Floor of the Hotel where applications will be processed. (There is also an elevator for those who require it). We will be operational from 9am until 5pm as normal.
There is plenty of parking and access to the front of the hotel is wheelchair accessible.

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