The expiry dates of driving licences has been extended again
The expiry date of driving licences in Ireland has been extended due to the ongoing disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The move comes as the Government and the European Union takes steps in response to the disruption caused to driver licensing services across the EU.
The extension will apply to different groups of licence holders including those who benefited from extensions in 2020.
Drivers who are affected by the extension are encouraged to check the new expiry date of their driving licence by using the expiry date calculator on www.ndls.ie. Drivers can enter the expiry date printed on their driving licence into the calculator and it will tell them the new expiry date.
"Anyone who receives the licence extension will not be sent out a new licence," Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton said.
"The Road Safety Authority (RSA) which manages the NDLS will automatically update driver records to show the new expiry date.
"A letter will then be sent to every customer who is entitled to the extension, explaining that the expiry date of their licence is being extended. The RSA has also told Insurance Ireland and An Garda Síochána about the new expiry date of driving licences.”
The following changes will apply to:
- Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 will have a new expiry date of 1 July 2021.
- Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2020 will have thirteen months (which includes the previous extension) added to their expiry date. By way of example a licence which expired on 31 August 2020 will have a new expiry date of 30 September 2021.
- Any licence holder, who has not already renewed and whose licence expiry date is between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 will have an extra ten months added to their expiry date. By way of example, a licence which expires on 30 June 2021 will have a new expiry date of 30 April 2022.