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Expiry dates of driving licences extended


The expiry dates of driving licences has been extended again in light of the ongoing disruption to licencing services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic across the European Union.

The extension will apply to different groups of licence holders, including those who have already had an extension in 2020.

Drivers who are affected by the extension are asked to check the new expiry date of their driving licence by using the expiry date calculator on www.ndls.ie.

Drivers who have been granted an extension and who have already booked an appointment at an NDLS centre, to renew their licence, are being asked to cancel the appointment, to make it available for others who need it.

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres remain open to essential workers.

Anyone who posted an application form to renew their licence is being advised that the NDLS may not be able to process their application.

This will happen if the driver record has been updated and is already showing the new expiry date of your driving licence.

Any original supporting documents, submitted with an application form, will be returned.

Refunds will be made where applicable (licence renewal for those aged over 70 is free).

The change will apply as follows:

Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between March 1, 2020 and May 31 2020 will have a new expiry date of July 1, 2021.

Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between June 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 will have 13 months (which includes the previous extension) added to their expiry date. By way of example a licence which expired on August 31, 2020 will have a new expiry date of September 30, 2021.

Any licence holder, who has not already renewed and whose licence expiry date is between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 will have an extra ten months added to their expiry date. By way of example a licence which expires on June 30, 2021 will have a new expiry date of April 30, 2022.