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Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD has announced that from Monday 21 February 2022, the age at which an applicant for a driving licence must supply a medical report will increase from 70 to 75.

Applicants for international protection (asylum seekers) can now apply for driving licences and learner permits.

The 2020 Programme for Government gave certain commitments to allow international protection applicants access to the driving licence system. The Department of Transport has been working with the Road Safety Authority on solutions to make this possible.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D. has announced, details of an extension to the expiry dates of driving licences that have not benefited from a previous extension. The move comes as the EU and national Governments take steps in response to the disruption caused by Covid-19 to driver licensing services across the EU.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD has today 24th June 2021, announced details of a further 10-month extension to the validity period of learner permits in response to the level 5 restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Department of Transport has today written to a number of Learner and Novice Drivers to inform them of a legal clarification on the penalty point disqualification threshold for these licence types.

New legislation introduced on 1st August 2014, as part of the Road Traffic Act 2014, created the concept of a novice driver and changed the penalty point disqualification threshold for learner and novice drivers. Instead of the standard 12 points disqualification threshold, this was changed to a 7 point threshold for “..a person who at the time such points are endorsed is a learner driver or a novice driver”.

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

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 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.