A new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centre is to open in the Enterprise Centre at the Murrough in Wicklow Town on October 29.
It will be one of 34 new centres nationwide which will receive applications for driving licences and learner permits and will be managed by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
People may continue to apply for their driving licence at their local motor tax until Friday, October 25, but from Tuesday October 29, the application process will change and applications must be made in any one of the new NDLS centres.
The NDLS centres are located around the country to ensure that 95% of the population will be within 50km of one of the new centres. A new improvement to the service will allow customers to visit any one of the 34 centres nationwide to apply for their licence or learner permit, meaning customers are no longer required to go to their local centre.
The new NDLS centres will open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and will remain open through lunchtimes. Customers will also be able to apply for their licence at the weekend as the new NDLS centres will open from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.
In January of this year, Ireland switched from producing paper licences to plastic credit card sized licences and learner permits as part of an EU-wide change to make licences more secure. Since then, 408,018 new plastic card licences and learner permits have been issued to customers throughout the country.
The fees for a driving licence and learner permit are unchanged. A ten year licence will cost €55, a three-year licence will cost €35 and a one-year licence will be €25. (The cost of the photographs, taken at the NDLS centre, is included in these fees). The cost of a learner permit remains €35. Changes to existing licences and permits, for example, if you wish to add a ‘New Category’, will cost €35. Licences and learner permits for the over 70s will remain free of charge.