How to renew your driving licence

Introduction

You are required to carry your driving licence with you at all times when driving. When your driving licence runs out, you must renew it if you want to continue driving. If your licence is lost, stolen or damaged, you can find out about replacing a lost, stolen or damaged driving licence.

To apply for a driving licence, you must be normally resident in Ireland. You are considered to be normally resident in Ireland if, because of personal and occupational ties, you usually live here for at least 185 days in each calendar year.

The Road Safety Authority has responsibility for driver licensing and the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) manages licence applications and renewals. You can renew your driver licence online if you have a Public Services Card and a MyGovID verified account - see 'How to apply’ below. Alternatively you can visit an NDLS centre to renew your licence.

COVID-19 and NDLS services

If you have a driving licence or learner permit that is due to expire between 1 March and 31 August 2020, your licence is automatically renewed for a further 7 months. This applies to all categories of licence.

You will not receive a new licence during this time, but your driver record will be updated to show that you licence or learner permit is still valid.

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) offices have reopened but are not operating a drop-in service. You should only book an appointment to attend an office in person if you are providing an essential service or if you work in an essential retail service.

If you are over 70, you do not have to supply a medical report from your doctor, unless you have a specified medical condition. This applies up until 31 December 2020.

You can read more in our document Driving and transport during COVID-19.

Rules

You can apply to renew your driving licence if:

  • You hold a driving licence that will expire within 3 months
  • You held a driving licence that expired less than 10 years ago

If your driving licence expired 10 years ago or more, you must complete a Driver Theory Test and then apply for a learner driver permit.

Duration of licence

Your age determines how long your licence will be issued for, so you may be able to renew your licence for 10 years, 3 years or something in between, depending on how old you are.

  • If you are under 60, you can apply for a 10-year licence or a 3-year licence (on medical grounds).
  • If you are 60 to 67 years old, you can apply for a licence that will expire the day before your 70th birthday
  • If you are between 67 and 70 years old, you can apply for a 3-year licence. If your current licence is due to expire within 3 months of your 70th birthday, your new licence will be issued for either 1 year or 3 years. The shorter duration will apply if your GP chooses this option on your medical report.
  • If you are 70 or over, you need a certification of fitness to drive from your doctor to apply for a 3-year or a one-year licence

A bus or truck driving licence is issued for a maximum of 5 years.

Rates

The cost of a driving licence is:

  • Ten-year driving licence — €55
  • Five-year bus or truck driving licence — €55
  • Three-year driving licence — €35
  • One-year driving licence (medical grounds) — No fee

If you are aged 70 or over, you can renew your driving licence for free.

Any required eyesight tests or medical examinations are not free of charge.

How to apply

Online applications

You can apply to renew your driving licence online if you have a Public Services Card (PSC) and a MyGovID verified account. You also need to have:

Applying in person

If you cannot renew your licence online, you will have to apply to an NDLS centre in person. You do not have to provide photographs with your application, as your photo and signature will be digitally recorded.

You need to complete the driving licence application form (pdf). There are guidance notes (pdf) to help you with this form. You can also get the form and notes from NDLS centres, driving test centres, driving theory test centres and Garda stations.

You must bring your completed application form and the following documentation with you when renewing your driving licence:

  • Your current or most recent driving licence
  • The appropriate fee - see ‘Rates’ above
  • Documentation to prove your identity
  • Proof of address
  • A Driving Licence Medical Report Form, if required (see below)
  • A Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form, if required (see below)

Medical report form

You will need a Driving Licence Medical Report Form if you are applying for driving licence categories C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE or D1E (buses and trucks), unless you previously provided a medical report which is still applicable.

You will need a Driving Licence Medical Report Form if you are applying for driving licence categories AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE or W (motorcycles, cars and work vehicles) if you have a specific disability or condition (see application form)You can download the medical report form (pdf) (it must be printed back to back on one page). A registered medical practitioner should carry out your medical examination and then complete the form. You must sign the declaration on the medical report form in the presence of the registered medical practitioner. It must be submitted within 1 month of the medical examination

You do not have to supply a medical report from your doctor if you are 70 or over unless you have a specified medical condition. This applies up until 31 December 2020.

Eyesight report form

Generally any eyesight issues will be reported in the Driving Licence Medical Report Form. However, you will require a Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form if you no longer need glasses or contact lenses to drive (for example, if you've had laser eye surgery). You can download the eyesight report form (pdf) (pages 1 and 2 should be printed back to back on one page). It is also available from NDLS centres. It must be submitted within 1 month of completion.

Where to apply

You can apply to renew your driving licence online if you have a Public Services Card (PSC) and a MyGovID verified account, see ‘Online applications’ above. Alternatively you can apply in person to one of the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres- see ‘Applying in person’ above. You can book an appointment online.

The National Driver Licence Service provides information on renewing a driving licence on its website.

National Driver Licence Service

Road Safety Authority

Po Box 858
Southside Delivery Office
Cork
Ireland

Tel: 0761 08 7880

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

Moy Business Park
Primrose Hill
Ballina
Co Mayo
Ireland

Opening Hours: - Lines open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm
Tel: 096 25800
Locall: 1890 406 040 (Note: rates charged for using lo-call numbers may vary
Fax: 096 25252

Page edited: 18 November 2020