New type of driver's licence

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

FROM this Saturday onwards, all new driving licences, learner permits and renewed licences issued will be in credit card-sized format as part of the EU directive.

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has confirmed that anyone making an application will continue to do so at their local motor tax office until September. Applicants will also be allowed to submit passport photographs taken at pharmacies and photo booths until September.

"Following this time there will be locations available to obtain their photographs. The list of locations will be announced closer to this time," a spokesperson for the RSA told The Kerryman. However, because the plastic card is produced separately by the RSA's National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) , it will not be possible to get your licence over the counter in the Motor Tax Office. It will be posted to you from the NDLS.

The cost of a 10-year licence will be €55; a three-year licence fee (available only to those over 60) will be €35; a one-year licence €25, and a learner permit is €35.

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