From January 19th 2013, responsibility for the issuing of driving licences in Ireland transfers to the Road Safety Authority (RSA)
As part of this new system, the current paper driving licence and learner permits will begin to be replaced by credit card-sized, plastic licences in an EU-wide change to upgrade all driving licences.
Currently, all applications for driving licences and provisional licences are handled by the Motor Tax Offices. All applications for driving licences will still be handled by the Motor Tax offices for most of 2013.
However, after January 19th, the licence will no longer be issued on the spot. Instead, the application will be sent to the RSA for processing and the new licence will be posted out to the driver.
For further information on the new changes to the driver licencing system, the RSA’s website contains full details.