18/12/2012 Donegal County Council to centralise processing of applications for Driving Licences


Press Release

18 December 2012

Donegal County Council to centralise processing of applications for Driving Licences


Towards the end of next year a new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) will take over responsibility for the processing of all applications for Driver Licences and local authorities will no longer have a role.

To facilitate these changes there will be a ‘transition’ period from January until September 2013, during which the Local Authorities will process applications for Driver Licences but the licence itself will be produced and delivered by a specialist company.

Donegal County Council will be ‘centralising’ its service in relation to processing of applications during this ‘transition’ period and from 12th January 2013 all applications for Driver Licences will only be processed at one location in the county, the Motor Tax Office, Three Rivers Centre, Lifford.

Customers will continue to be able to leave an application into their local Public Service Centre (PSC) for conveyance to the central processing office in Lifford, however the Council cannot accept cash payments for Driver Licences in the Public Service Centres.

There are also important changes nationally to take place in relation to arrangements for processing of Driver Licences:

  • An increase in Fees for Drivers Licences from 1st January 2013.
  • The introduction of a ‘new style’ plastic Drivers Licence from 19th January 2013.
  • Changes in relation to how learner motorcyclists and bus & truck drivers are licensed in the future.
  • Changes in renewal of Licence for Higher Category Licence Holders (max 5 years subject to Medical).

Further details in relation to all these changes can be obtained from your Local Motor Tax Office or on www.donegalcoco.ie or www.rsa.ie.

Some important dates for you to remember; 

 

From Changes
1 January 2013 Increases in fees for Drivers Licence apply
11 January 2013

Last date ‘old style’ paper Drivers Licence can be issued.

Last date Driving Licences may be issued at the Public Service Centres in Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Milford, Dungloe and Donegal Town.

12 January 2013

All applications for Driver Licences will only be processed at the Motor Tax Office, Three Rivers Centre, Lifford.

Note there will not be any licences issued between 12th January 2013 and 19th January 2013. 
 

19 January 2013 New form of ‘plastic’ Drivers Licence is introduced.
October 2013 A new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) will take over responsibility for the processing of all applications for Driver Licences and local authorities will have no further role.