NEW DRIVING LICENCE rules came into effect today with plastic cards replacing the pink paper licences and a new application process.
The new credit card-style licences are part of a European initiative to ensure a uniform style of licence which is recognised across all 28 EU member states.
As of today, anyone applying for a licence or a learner permit will have to submit their application at one of the new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres located throughout the country. Up until now, would-be drivers would apply for a licence at their local Motor Tax office.
The new face-to-face application process will involve applicants getting their photograph taken at the centre, rather than bringing passport photographs with them, which the NDLS said is to increase security and combat fraud. Applicants will also have their signature digitally recorded at the centre.
The NDLS said they expect applicants will receive their licence in the post within 8 working days of submitting their details at their centre.
There are 34 driving licence centres around the country with at least one in each county. Applicants can find their nearest one on the NDLS website or on the NDLS app which is available for both Apple and Android devices.
First published 06:30.