Thursday, 12 July 2018

Questions (623)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

623. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to facilitate online applications for a driver licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31728/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The operation of the National Driver Licensing Service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority (RSA).  I understand from the Authority that the position is as follows.

The RSA is introducing an online system for driving licence applications on a phased basis.  Phase I provides an online service for customers who are renewing their licence/learner permit and have no change to make in either their personal information or the licence categories for which they are applying.  This Phase is already operational. 

Work is under way on Phase II, which is likely to go live in early 2019.  Phase II may deal with all remaining categories of customers, but this depends on how the development of the Phase progresses.  If it is not possible to cover all classes of customers at that point, any remaining customers will be addressed in a Phase III.