The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will be processing new driving licence applications from next year, removing the function from local authorities, Fine Gael Councillor Derek Mitchell has stated.
“A new plastic card licence will also be issued to new applicants from January 2013. This will hopefully reduce the incidents of fraud, and will also be easier for drivers to carry their licences in their wallets as the current ones are too large” he added.
“Work is well advanced on preparing for the transition to the new system,” the Councillor added. “There will be a period of transition for part of 2013, during which the local authorities will continue to perform some driver licensing functions on behalf of the RSA. After that, the RSA will have full responsibility for providing the driver licence service.”