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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.

Under Covid19 Level 5 Government restrictions effective from midnight on Wednesday 21 October, for six weeks, you can attend an appointment at an NDLS centre provided you are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets. You can find details on what is included in the list of essential workers and retail outlets on www.gov.ie.

The RSA does not hold details that would identify the employment status of any customers among those who have a booking at an NDLS centre over the next six weeks, therefore we will not be cancelling any existing customer bookings.

Anyone who has an appointment at an NDLS centre over the next six weeks, and who is an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services and retail outlets should attend their appointment as normal.

Anyone travelling to an NDLS centre to apply for or renew their driving licence or learner permit and is an essential worker is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions. It may be useful to show proof of your appointment (the text or email you received as confirmation of your booking) if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána on your way to attend your NDLS appointment.

Anyone looking to book an appointment at an NDLS centre and who is an essential worker can do so on ndls.ie. We would ask that if you are not someone involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets and you have an appointment over the next six weeks, that you please cancel your appointment here so the cancelled slot can be booked by an essential worker who needs to visit an NDLS centre. Please do not call or email the NDLS to cancel your appointment.

Customers are reminded that you can apply to renew your driving licence or permit online at www.ndls.ie if you have a Public Service Card (PSC) a verified MyGovID account and no supporting documentation is required with your application. The NDLS hopes to allow all application types to apply online by mid-November.

Those 70 years of age and over will be contacted directly by the NDLS and invited to renew their licence or permit by post.