New driving licences to be styled like credit card
NEW-style driving licences will be introduced next January, but it could be a decade before everybody gets one, writes Luke Byrne.
Motorists will not be forced to swap their current driving licence for the new, standardised European licence that is due to be introduced next year.
And because an Irish licence is valid for 10 years, it could be 2023 before the new credit-card style licence is in universal usage here.
From January, anybody who obtains their first full driving licence, as well as those renewing their licence, will receive the card.
It is hoped that later versions will include a data chip like the one found on credit cards, however, legislation might be needed to introduce this.
Officials are also in discussion about the possibility of using the card for identification purposes for citizens flying within Europe.