Minister Eamon Ryan T.D. and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D. at the Department of Transport, today announced details of a further extension to the validity period of driving licences in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption it has caused to licensing services delivered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
This now means that anyone, whose driving licence is or has expired between March 1 and August 31, 2020, will have its validity extended by seven months in total.
This, in effect, means that a person whose driving licence expired on March 10, 2020 will have the life of this licence extended to October 10, 2020, while a person whose licence expires on August 15, 2020 will have a new expiry date of March 15, 2021.
Minister Naughton said: “it is important that we continue to take the necessary measures which have the health and safety of our drivers and that of the staff of the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) at its core. This latest extension will also go a long way in allaying concerns that many drivers may be facing with delays in renewing their licence. The NDLS, in line with many other state agencies, has seen an increased demand for its services since resuming operations following its temporary closure due to the Covid emergency.”
Minister Naughton also urged anyone availing of the NDLS services to follow the procedures that have been put in place to protect customers and the staff. The patience and understanding of the public is both appreciated and necessary, as staff are delivering public services with much reduced capacity and in very challenging circumstances.
The RSA, which operates the NDLS on behalf of the Department, also hopes to extend its online services over the coming months, subject to the appropriate legislation and technical solutions being in place.
In addition, the Ministers also confirmed that the exemption from having a current medical report for those aged 70 years and over, without specific medical conditions, is being extended. The exemption is being put in place until December 31 and means that no medical report is required for over 70’s unless they have one of the conditions specifically listed in the licence renewal application form.