Q&A – Expiring Driving Licences to be Automatically Extended

  • What is happening?

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that arrangements are to be put in place in the coming days for expiring driving licences to be automatically extended. Any licence due to expire between 1st February and 31st August 2020 will be extended for a further seven months.

  • Why are driving licences being extended?

Some drivers require a medical assessment to renew their driving licence. These assessments may not be possible due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the automatic extension enables drivers to remain on the road without having to get a renewal application processed.

  • Does this apply to taxi licences?

No, the EU Directive does not cover taxi licences, however taxi drivers who do not have a medical condition to declare can apply to have their taxi driver’s licence renewed now without a medical report. A medical report may be required to be submitted in the future. Taxi drivers in this position have been advised to contact the DVA as soon as possible.

  • Can I apply to sit my driving test?

No, unfortunately not at present. The DVA has suspended all practical driving tests until 22nd June 2020 and all theory tests until further notice. Concerns remain about how driving lessons and driving tests will be able to adhere to social distancing measures.

  • What about MOT tests?

Private cars, goods vehicles, trailers and motorcycles will be issued with a Temporary Exemption Certificate (TEC) to extend the MOT Certificate for a period of one year.

  • Who can I contact for advice?

MTB Solicitors! If you require any advice on any driving matter, please do not hesitate to contact us for expert advice and a free initial consultation.