Minister announces changes for vehicle testing and licensing

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Due to the closure of vehicle testing facilities across the country, the Minister for Transport Shane Ross has announced a range of measures for concerned motorists.

Vehicles with an NCT test that was or will be due on or after March 28th, 2020, will have that test date extended by four months.

Vehicles with a Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test that was or will be due on or after March 28th, will have that test date extended by three months.

When it comes to driver licensing, Minister Ross has announced the following measures:

  • Driving licenses due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months.
  • Learner Permits due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months.
  • Driver Theory Test certificates due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months.
  • Certificates of Competency – issued when people pass a driving test and required when applying for a first full driving licence – due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months.
  • Initial Basic Training certificates for motorcycle learners due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months.


In addition, and in line with the arrangements previously in place for NCT certificates in relation to private cars, it will no longer be necessary to have a current Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) in order to tax a commercial vehicle. You should be able to renew your motor tax for a commercial vehicle from tomorrow, 21 April 2020, without need of a CRW.