How to Renew Your Driving Licence in Dublin

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Renew your driving licence

As a driver in Dublin, it’s essential to keep your driving licence up to date to ensure you can legally operate a vehicle on the road. The responsibility for driver licensing falls under the Road Safety Authority, with the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) managing licence applications and renewals. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of renewing your driver’s licence in Dublin, providing you with all the necessary information to make the process as smooth as possible.

When Do You Renew Your Driving Licence?

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It’s important to be aware of when your driving licence is due to expire. You can apply to renew your licence up to three months before the expiry date. To avoid any last-minute stress or complications, it’s advisable to start gathering the required documents well in advance. This will give you ample time to address any issues that may arise, such as obtaining proof of address or completing a medical report form if necessary.

Methods of Driving Licence Renewal

In Dublin,  you have two options for renewing your driving licence: online or in person at an NDLS centre.

1. Online Driving Licence Renewal 

Renewing your driving licence online is a convenient option that can save you time and effort. To complete the online renewal process, you’ll need the following:

  • A Public Services Card (PSC) and a verified MyGovID account
  • Proof of address dated within the last 6 months if your current address differs from the one associated with your PSC
  • Proof of residence in Ireland if you are not an EU or EEA citizen
  • A medical report form dated within one month, if required based on your specific circumstances
  • An application fee of €55 (this fee is waived for individuals aged 70 or over)

If your PSC photo is more than 10 years old, you must first renew it on the MyWelfare website using your verified MyGovID. Once your PSC photo is updated, you can proceed with your driving licence renewal application online at NDLS.ie.

2. In-Person Renewal 

If you prefer a more traditional approach or are unable to renew your licence online, you can make an appointment at an NDLS centre to complete the process in person. When attending your appointment, make sure to bring the following documents:

  • Your current or most recent driving licence (if your licence has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you must also provide a valid photo ID)
  • Proof of your Personal Public Service (PPS) number
  • Proof of address dated within the last 6 months if your current address differs from the one associated with your PSC
  • Proof of residence in Ireland if you are not an EU or EEA citizen
  • A completed Driving Licence Medical Report Form dated within one month, if required based on your specific circumstances
  • A completed Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form, if required (more information on this below)
  • The application fee of €55 (waived for individuals aged 70 or over)

When you arrive at the NDLS centre, your photograph and signature will be captured digitally, so there’s no need to provide physical photographs with your application.

Medical and Eyesight Report Forms

Depending on your age, the licence categories you are applying for, and any medical conditions you may have, you might need to submit additional forms as part of your driving licence renewal application.

Who Should Bring a Medical Report?

A Driving Licence Medical Report Form is mandatory if you are applying for bus and truck licence categories (C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE, or D1E). It is also required if you have a specific disability or medical condition when applying for motorcycle, car, and work vehicle categories (AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE, or W).

For Adults Above the Age of 75 Years

If you are 75 years of age or older, you will need to provide a certification of fitness to drive from your doctor when applying for a 3-year or 1-year licence. The medical fitness to drive guidelines can be found on the NDLS website.

Who Needs to Bring An Eyesight Report?

A Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form is necessary if you no longer require glasses or contact lenses to drive, such as after undergoing laser eye surgery.

Both the medical and eyesight report forms must be submitted within one month of completion to be considered valid.

Replacing a Lost Driving Licence

If you lose your driving licence, there’s no need to panic. You can quickly and easily apply for a replacement licence online. To do so, you’ll need the following:

  • A Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID account
  • A completed Garda Declaration form
  • Proof of address dated within the last 6 months if your current address differs from the one on your lost licence and the address associated with your PSC
  • A completed medical report form dated within one month, if your medical details have changed since your last driving licence application
  • An application fee of €35, which can be paid by credit or debit card

By following these steps, you can obtain a replacement driving licence without the need to complete paper forms, make appointments, or visit an NDLS centre in person.

In Conclusion

Driving with a valid driving licence in Dublin

Renewing your driver’s licence in Dublin is a straightforward process that can be completed either online or in person at an NDLS centre. To ensure a smooth renewal process, gather all the required documents in advance, including proof of identity, address, and any necessary medical or eyesight reports. By staying informed about the renewal process and taking action promptly, you can maintain a valid driving licence and continue to drive legally on Irish roads. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about the renewal process, don’t hesitate to reach out to the NDLS for assistance.

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