Irish Driving Licence renewal

IRISH DRIVING LICENCE RENEWALRenewing your Irish driving licence can be confusing, especially if you haven’t done it in years. This article will help guide you through the process to complete your Irish driving licence renewal and answer questions like Do I have to bring anything with me? and What if I’ve changed my name since I got my last license? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about renewing your Irish driving licence, including how to do it by mail or in person, what documents you will need to bring with you, and more!

Introduction

When you’re driving, you need to carry your provincial/state driving licence with you at all times. Renewal is necessary if you want to continue driving. Check the National Driver Licence Service website for the expiry date of your licence and to order an official replacement. Driving Licence Renewal online.

To apply for a driver’s license, you must be regularly and permanently settled in Ireland. To do so, one must live here at least 185 days a year.

The Road Safety Authority oversees Driver Licensing and the National Driver Licence Service manages online renewals for those with a Public Services Card and an ID verified account on MyGovID – see how to apply below. führerschein kaufen

 

Rules to renew a driving licence in Ireland

You can apply to your driving licence renewal 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.

Validity of driving licence

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

The validity of your driving licence may vary depending on your age as follows:

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)

Fees for a driving licence renewal

Licence Validity Price
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

How to apply for a driving licence renewal

Online car insurance application

If you have a MyGovID verified account and hold a Public Services Card (PSC), then you can renew your driving licence online.

  1. Proof of your physical address, as well as your PSC card issuance number, is preferred if they’re different to the one provided when you signed up.
  2. proof that you live in Ireland  if you are not an EU or EEA citizen.
  3. A medical report form if required

Renewing your driving licence in person

If you cannot renew your licence online, you will have to apply at an NDLS centre in person. If you need to schedule an appointment and obtain a ticket, visit the Locations page to find an NDLS centre near you. You do not have to provide photographs with your application, as your photo and signature will be digitally recorded.

If you want to apply for a Driving Licence or Learner Permit, you no longer need to fill out an application form. You can find guidance notes on this at 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)

Where to apply for your Irish driving licence renewal

At Irishdriverslicence.com, we help you in facilitating the application process for obtaining your Irish licence. Fill the application form below to start the renewal process