For a driver, the driving license is a piece of document that always need to be in possession, while on the road. In case your document is damaged or lost in some way or it has expired, you need to get hold of a replacement or renew it within the earliest span of time. In this article we will focus on the task of renewing a driving licence to help you form a clear idea about the process.
As you might be already aware, the applications for renewal and replacement of driver licences are submitted to the National Driver Licence Service or the NDLS. They offer dedicated service to the customers through 34 nationwide centres. The locations were carefully chosen to ensure that 95 percent of the population are within a 50 kilometre radius of a centre. The centres also operate through flexible working hours and offer a walk-in service that makes it convenient for customers. The official working hours for the centres are from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. Know more informations here.
You can apply for a licence renewal by visiting the nearest NDLS centre or submit an application online. For an online application, you need to have a Public Services Card (PSC) and a MyGovID verified account. You cannot apply online if you have truck or bus category licence or you are above 70 years old.
The following points need to be noted regarding the application for a licence renewal.
Once you know these important points for driving licence renewal in Ireland, you can get the necessary documents ready by downloading the required forms from the NDLS website. Though the process looks complicated, a simple renewal does not take much time once you get the forms in order.
Though the renewal process works smoothly, there are a few steps you can take that will help in speeding up the process.
With the new range of safety measures that have been implemented since 29th October 2013, a face to face interaction with a Customer Service Agent in an NDLS centre is necessary for a licence renewal. This provides an additional layer of security to the entire process, ensuring that the licence is used only by the person for which it is intended.
In case you are living outside the country for professional reasons and need to renew your licence, there are a set of separate rules for the application process which you can find in the NDLS website. Keep in mind that travelling or holidaying abroad will not entitle you for availing these conditions.
While this article lists out the details of the process to help you out, the NDLS website is also a very good source of information about the method of licence renewal and other details. If you have any further queries regarding other issues, you can call the NDLS helpline during working hours in the number 0761 087 880.
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