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28 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Majority of RSA services are suspended until further notice

Resumption of Service for Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT)

The Commercial Vehicle Testing System are resuming service, see here for more details.  Vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March have that test date extended by 3 months. Please see here for more information.

Commercial vehicle owners have the responsibility to ensure their vehicle(s) are maintained in a roadworthy condition when used on a public road. Further information on vehicle maintenance can be found here.


Reopening of Road Safety Authority (RSA) services

At present the majority of RSA services are suspended until further notice. Following the publication of the Government’s road map for the lifting of Covid19 restrictions, we are studying this document and looking at when services might be able to reopen.
We will also need to consult with the relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure the reopening of any services meets the government’s and health authorities’ guidelines to prevent the further spread of Covid19. As soon as this is completed, we will then be able to update the public on when services will restart. We do envisage that when services reopen it will firstly be on a limited basis, with new protocols in place to meet health guidelines and where customers may need to be prioritised.


For Frequently Asked Questions on the extension to the period of validity of official documents in relation to the Vehicle Testing, Driver Licensing, and Related Services see links to each service below;

For Frequently Asked Questions  on COVID-19 and all RSA services please see here


Driving Tests

All Driving Tests are currently suspended until further notice.  Checkhere for more information.


Driver Theory Test (DTT)

The Driver Theory Test Service is suspended until further notice to COVID-19. The period of validity for the driver theory test certificate due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months. Please see here for more information.

Candidates who have a driver theory test scheduled will be contacted to notify them that their test will be rescheduled free of charge when the service resumes. Updates around the re-starting of tests will be published on

Prometric has advised that it will continue to provide a service in emergency cases and arrangements for this will be published on their website

See here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the Driver Theory Test.


National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)

The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is suspended until further notice. Driving licenses and Learner Permits due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months. Please see here for more information.

Please see  for all other information relating to the National Driver Licence Service.

Enforcement Activities - Desk based assessments

Due to the travel restrictions imposed  by the Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RSA Transport Officers have commenced carrying out desk-based assessments on tachograph and drivers' hours records pertaining to the year ending 31 Dec 2019 without the need to attend at your premises.

Should you be chosen for one of these assessments you will be contacted by an RSA Transport Officer by phone, who will then send you further instructions in a follow up email. If you are in doubt as to the legitimacy or these calls or emails you may contact our customer care team on 1890 40 60 40 to verify the credentials of the Transport Officer who has contacted you.  

Drivers hours

The temporary derogation from certain rules concerning the driving and resting times for drivers of commercial vehicles will, as previously advised, expire on 31 May. From 1 June 2020, operators and drivers must comply with the normal rules applicable to driving and resting times for drivers of commercial vehicles. See here for more details


National Car Testing Service (NCTS)

The National Car Testing Service (NCT) is suspended until further notice. Vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March 2020 have that test date extended by 4 months. Please see here for more information.

Please see here for more information on the suspension of the NCTS.


Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis and in order to ensure a continuous flow of goods within the EU, drivers with valid Irish Driver CPC cards that are due to expire during the current Covid 19 outbreak will be granted an extension of a maximum of six months up to the 26th September 2020.  The RSA will adopt some discretion for cards that expired from week commencing the 9th of March but not before. This is not an amnesty for drivers who did not take training and allowed their CPC cards to expire. Please see here for more details.


Tachograph Card Applications

The RSA are continuing to process Tachograph card applications without any current delays. Our processing team are working remotely which may result in delays going forward, but we will endeavour to keep any delays to a minimum. To assist with this, it is vital that all applications for driver cards are correctly completed and all requested supporting documentation being supplied is in order. The RSA recommends that applicants use the on-line digital tachograph system apply here rather than the traditional paper-based application forms.

Education Services

The following RSA education services have been suspended until further notice

  • The Check it fits , see here for more information
  • The National Road Safety Education Service
  • The Interactive Road Safety Shuttle
  • Roll Over Simulator



The RSA refers you to the HSE Coronavirus- COVID-19 Public Health Advice and Guidance as per the following link;