Renewing your driving licence set to get quicker
IF you have a driving licence or learner permit, you know how important it is to ensure they are valid and up to date.
Fortunately, the process of applying for or renewing them is about to get a lot easier and quicker.
The first phase of a new online application process which allows you to renew your driving licence or learner permit was introduced last year.
The second phase will support applications which require accompanying documentation and will be introduced next spring.
When the new service is fully on stream you will be able to apply for or renew your driving licence or learner permit online through NDLS.ie - and the process is straightforward.
If you have a Public Services Card (PSC) and a verified MyGovID account, you will be able to apply for your licence or learner permit online. No longer will you have to take time off to go to a National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centre and hand in the necessary paperwork and have your photograph taken.
No one likes spending time queuing, so applying online will save you time and energy by streamlining the application process.
Last year, the NDLS issued 695,066 licences or learner permits, including first-time applicants, renewals and replacements.
The online service is not open to everyone just yet. At the moment it caters for straightforward renewals of a learner permit or driving licence which don't require supporting documents.
So if your licence or permit is due to expire within the next three months, visit NDLS.ie to check if you are eligible to apply online.
To apply online you need a PSC and a MyGovID verified account. While more than 80pc of Irish adults now have a PSC, not as many have a MyGovID account - so what is this? It is a safe and secure way to access lots of public services, including NDLS. To sign up, simply go to www.mygovid.ie and follow the instructions. It takes two minutes and you only need to do it once.
Once you have your MyGovID account, you can then apply to renew your driving licence or learner permit from home.
When phase two of the new service is introduced next spring it will be able to cater for licence holders who hold a truck or bus category on their licence, those aged 70 or over, those applying for a third or subsequent learner permit or anyone with a medical condition who requires a medical report to get a driving licence or learner permit.
This is all about reducing the administrative burden on the customer.