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NDLS notice on Covid19

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Statement in relation to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)


The Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross and the RSA have confirmed that the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is suspended until further notice with immediate effect. This is in order to comply with the new public restrictions, announced by Government on Friday 27th of March, to tackle the spread of the Coronavirus.

Minister Ross has asked his officials together with the RSA to introduce measures to address the implications of suspending these services.

Minister Ross said, “I have asked my officials to immediately engage with the RSA to introduce measures that will address issues arising from the suspension of these services. It is critical that we give drivers as well as operators of commercial vehicles peace of mind in relation to the status of their licence, learner permit, NCT certificate or certificate of roadworthiness, especially if it has expired or is likely to expire during the period of the Covid19 health crisis.

Specifically, I am looking at introducing measures that will extend the period of validity of these official documents and hope to provide further detail for the public next week.

In the meantime, I want to make it absolutely clear that people should not and do not need to worry about these things. Everyone must now focus on abiding by the measures that were introduced by the Government from midnight last night in order to keep yourself, your family and your community safe from the spread of the coronavirus.

At the same time, we must also be conscious of the need to save lives on the roads and, indeed, avoid diverting medical staff to deal with the consequences of drivers not driving safely. Road Safety laws remain in force and will be enforced. Drivers must not speed or drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and they must keep their vehicles roadworthy – for their own sakes and all our sakes. ”

On 21 January 2019 the RSA are introducing a shorter EDT programme for foreign license holders whose full license from another country (jurisdiction) with which Ireland does not have an exchange agreement may qualify for exemption from EDT lessons 2,3,4,8,11 and 12. Currently these customers must start the driver journey at theory test level and can only apply for a six month hold exemption.

Whilst the EDT Shortening is a new initiative within the RSA, there is currently a process in operation which allows these candidate claim an exemption from the 6 months wait to sit a driving test. To qualify for EDT shortened program the applicant must hold a valid full driving licence for at least two years prior to application and will have to submit their full foreign licence and a Letter of Entitlement from the issuing authority of their foreign licence.

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.

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.

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.