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. You should check the expiry date of your licence to see if it needs to be renewed on the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) website. 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.

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

Period of Driving Licence

Licence Categories

10 years Group 1 - Motorcycles, Cars and Tractors
5 years Group 2 - Buses, Trucks and Articulated Vehicles

Your age and medical fitness will determine the duration of licence which can be issued.

Age

Licence Term

Under 65 years Maximum* 10 year licence - Cars and Motorcycles or

Maximum* 5 year licence - Trucks and Buses

65 - 71 years A licence which will expire on the eve of your 75th birthday at the latest. However please note that any group 2 categories (trucks and buses) will be for a maximum of five years which could expire before the driver turns 75.
72 - 74 years 3 year licence
75 or over 3 year licence or 1 year licence (subject to certification of fitness to drive by your doctor)

*A one or three year licence may be issued where, for medical reasons, a longer licence term cannot be granted.

The age in question is your age on the date of application.

Rates

Driving licence

Cost

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 and apply by post.

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:

  • Proof of your address dated within the last 6 months if your address is different to the one you provided when you got your Public Services Card
  • Proof that you are normally resident in Ireland if you are not an EU or EEA citizen
  • A medical report form if required
  • Application fee of €55 (unless you are 70 or over)

Applying in person

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

You are no longer required to submit an application form. See guidance notes on applying for a Driving Licence and Applying for a Learner Permit on ndls.ie.

You must bring the following documentation with you when renewing your driving licence:

  • Your current or most recent driving licence. If your licence has been lost, stolen or damaged you must also bring valid photo ID with you.
  • Proof of your PPS number
  • The appropriate fee - see ‘Rates’ above
  • Proof that you are normally resident in Ireland if you are not an EU or EEA citizen
  • Proof of address, dated within the last 6 months is required if your current address is not recorded on your lost, stolen or damaged permit and it differs from the one provide by the Department of Social Protection if and when you applied for a Public Services Card
  • 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).

If you are aged 75 or over, you will need a certification of fitness to drive from your doctor to apply for a 3-year or a one-year licence. You can read the medical fitness to drive guidelines (pdf).

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.

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.

Medical fitness guidelines and health information leaflets

You can get medical fitness guidelines and, forms on the NDLS website. There are also health and driving information leaflets. The leaflets have information to help drivers with medical and other conditions.

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 must book an appointment online. There is no walk-in-service.

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

Opening Hours: Lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (excluding Public Holidays) and Saturdays 9am – 1pm.
Tel: 0818 700 800

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

Moy Business Park
Primrose Hill
Ballina
Co Mayo
Ireland


Page edited: 21 June 2022