Update relating to Learner Permits.
July 10th, 2021
The Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD has announced details of a further 10-month extension to the validity period of learner permits in response to the level 5 restrictions due to the Covid19
Due to restrictions on accessing many of the services delivered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), because of Covid-19, some learner permit holders could not avail of driving lessons, sit the driving test, or renew their learner permit.
Minister Naughton said, “Providing this further 10-month extension to the expiry date to Learner Permits will allow
learner drivers to continue to undertake driver training while working towards passing their driving test in the months ahead. Those who will benefit from this extension do not need to do anything, our systems will update their records automatically. A new learner permit will not be issued to drivers with the new expiry date, rather the electronic driver record will be updated to reflect the new expiry date.
This means that a person whose learner permit expired on 10 March 2020 will have the life of this permit extended to 10 September 2021, while a person whose permit expires on 15 August 2020 will have a new expiry date of 15 October 2021.
For those who had already renewed their permit, and which had an expiry date between 1 March 2020 and 31 July
2021 the extension will not apply, and the expiry date of your permit will be as shown on your new permit. The RSA
has also informed Insurance Ireland and An Garda Síochána about the new expiry date of learner permits.”
This now means that a driver whose learner permit is or has expired between 1 March 2020 and 31 July 2021 is being
extended by 10 months. This is in addition to previous extensions granted. Therefore,
• Permits that expired between 1 March and 30 June 2020 that were previously extended by 8 months will now be
extended by a further 10 months, so 18 months in total.
• Permits that expired between 1 July to 31 October 2020 that were previously extended by 4 months will now be
extended by a further 10 months, so 14 months in total.
• Permits that expired or will expire between 1 November 2020 and 31 July 2021 will be extended for 10 months.
By way of example of the above, where the date of expiry on the physical learner permit (which can be seen opposite
number 4b on the permit) shows.
• 5 March 2020, the new expiry date is 5 September 2021.
• 5 July 2020, the new expiry date is 5 September 2021.
• 5 December 2020, the new expiry date is 5 October 2021.
Drivers who are affected by the extension are encouraged to check the new expiry date of their learner permit by using the expiry date calculator on www.ndls.ie. Enter the expiry date printed on your learner permit into the calculator and it will tell you the new expiry date.
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