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What happens if my licence expires during COVID-19?

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has recently announced details of the legislative measures he will enforce in support of the necessary closure of a range of Road Safety Authority services as result of the ongoing COVID 19 situation.

The new measures being put in place will affect both the testing of vehicles as well as those with expiring licenses.

Testing

Under the new measures, the following decisions have ben made in relation to vehicle testing and will come into effect immediately:

  • NCT –vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March 2020 have that test date extended by 4 months;
  • Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests (CVRT) – vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March have that test date extended by 3 months.
  • Certificates of vehicle roadworthiness for commercial vehicles will not be required in order to tax a vehicle.

Licenses

Similarly, the following will come into effect for driving licenses:

  • Driving licenses due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months;
  • Learner Permits due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months;
  • Driver Theory Test certificates due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months;
  • Certificates of Competency – issued when people pass a driving test and required when applying for a first full driving licence – due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months;
  • Initial Basic Training certificates for motorcycle learners due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months.

Tax

Despite the adjustments made in the legislation with regards to vehicle testing and licenses, vehicle owners are still required to tax their vehicle and should do so using the online service.

Commenting on the new measures, Minister Ross said: “I am pleased to see that Insurance Ireland has said that their members will treat licences and NCTs covered by these measures as valid for the extended period, and I would like to thank them for acting in the public interest at this time.”

“‘These are stressful times for all of us, and I would like therefore to reassure those who have been concerned about how to renew their licence or NCT during this period that they have not been forgotten, and that their documents will continue to be recognised with the extended period of validity.”

Further information from the Department of Transport can be found here.

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