Why were some expiry dates extended?
NDLS centres were closed during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. There were also limited appointments available due to Covid-19 restrictions. This meant that some drivers were unable to renew their driving licences and learner permits on time. To help these drivers, the government automatically extended the expiry dates of their driving licences and learner permits.
How long were expiry dates extended for?
- Driving licences expiring between 1 July and 31 August 2020 are extended by 7 months. You can check if your licence has been extended here.
- Learner permits expiring between 1 July and 31 October 2020 are extended by 4 months. This is in addition to the extension already given to permits that expired between 1 March and 30 June 2020. You can check if your permit has been extended here.
What happens if I am stopped by a garda and my licence/permit does not have my extended expiry date on it?
The extended expiry date is not on your current licence/permit, but it is on your electronic driver record which gardaí can check.
How do I find out my expiry date and when I can renew?
You can check your expiry date and the earliest date you can renew by using our online calculator here.
What happens if I don’t check my expiry date?
If you don’t check your expiry date using our calculator, you may try to renew your licence/permit too early. This means that when you book your appointment and go to the NDLS centre, you will not be allowed to renew your licence/permit. Save yourself a wasted journey: check the date!
Was there a change to medical report requirements for those aged over 70?
Yes, due to covid-19 there has been a temporary suspension for medical reports for those aged over 70 in certain circumstances. Persons over 70 years of age can apply to renew a licence without providing a medical report providing they do not have an identified or specified illness - details here. The driving licence will be issued for a period of three years.
For further FAQ’s on extension of validity of learner permits and driving licences click here.