Over-70s exemption to provide medical report for driving licence extended

by Dublin Gazette
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The Minister of State in the Department of Transport has announced that there will be an extension in the exemption that allows over-70s to apply for a driving licence without needing to provide a medical report.

Hildegarde Naughton TD announced the measure in order to ease the burden on medical services at present.

Minister Naughton said of the extension: “This means that persons of 70 years of age or over can apply for, and renew, their driving licence without the need to submit a medical report, on the condition that they do not have an identified or specified illness and are not applying for a truck or bus category.

“This extended measure will eliminate the need for our drivers over the age of 70 from having to make an unnecessary journey to their GP, or to the NDLS centre, as we continue to work to minimise social interactions in our efforts to tackle COVID-19.”

The exemption has been extended to June 2021.

Minister Naughton said: “All drivers who are over 70  years of age will be contacted directly with an application pack which will allow them to apply for a new licence by post.

“The NDLS service, which is managed by the RSA, will be sending out application packs to those eligible to apply by post in the coming weeks. The pack will include a partially completed application form that the customer must complete.

“Those drivers who have the option to apply online can do so at any time at www.ndls.ie.”

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