Under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid19, effective from midnight on Wednesday 21 October, for six weeks, the Government has classified some Road Safety Authority (RSA) services as essential services.
The Government has classed the National Driver Licence Service as an essential service. Where services are continuing customers can be assured that they are being delivered in line with Government policy and health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID 19. We ask customers make sure you are aware of these restrictions before attending for appointments and please come prepared.
Minister announces Postal Application for those over 70
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 are no longer required to submit a medical report on renewal. This exemption will be in place until 31 December 2020.
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.
You should make an application as soon as possible as it can take longer to process a UK / NI licence exchange, and there may be further delays caused by a last-minute increase in applications, plus extra demand on the service due to Covid-19.