Renew an SPSV Driver Licence
A regular SPSV driver licence is valid for five years and is renewable; a local area hackney driver licence is valid for three years and cannot be renewed. (The holder of a local area hackney driver licence who wishes to continue operating can, however, apply for a new licence.)
To renew your SPSV driver licence, you must hold:
- A valid full Irish driving licence or equivalent;
- A valid SPSV driver licence;
- Must be Tax Cleared with Revenue.
Mandatory Area Knowledge Test
If the Authority receives a number of complaints relating to your knowledge of the area in which you are operating during the period of your licence and these complaints are upheld, the Authority may require you to sit and pass the relevant Area Knowledge Test prior to renewing your licence.
If you have been convicted (in Ireland or elsewhere) of any of the offences that are specified in the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, you are disqualified from holding an SPSV driver licence – in some cases for life, in other cases for specified periods of time. You are required to notify the licensing authority (An Garda Síochána) of any such conviction.
If you are disqualified for this reason, you can apply to the appropriate court to have the disqualification lifted. If you believe you may be affected by this, it is strongly advised that you consult the legislation and seek legal advice.
Pay the relevant licence fee to the National Transport Authority. You can do this over the phone using a credit or debit card (phone 0761 064000). The Authority will issue you with a receipt for this fee. (Note that this fee is non-refundable: you should pay it only if you are confident that you can satisfy all the conditions for licensing.)
Obtain and fill in form
Obtain a renewal application form (PSV 15/18) from your local PSV Office.
Obtain three identical passport-style photographs, each measuring approximately 10cm by 7cm, showing your head and shoulders and complying in other respects with standards for passport photographs.
Complete the renewal application form and submit it to your local Garda PSV office (outside Dublin) or to the Carriage Office (in Dublin), along with:
- Your photographs;
- A printout of your electronic tax clearance certificate along with your tax clearance access number provided by Revenue;
- Your driving licence;
- Your SPSV driver licence;
- The receipt for your renewal fee;
- A written undertaking that you will not drive an SPSV for more than 11 hours on any three consecutive days;
- Details of any other occupation in which you are engaged, including name and address of employer (if relevant), and, if that other occupation involves driving, evidence that you have informed the employer of your intention to apply for an SPSV driver licence;
- A declaration that your health does not materially affect your ability to drive an SPSV, and that you are not taking drugs or medication that would be likely to impair your ability to drive safely;
- A declaration that you have not been convicted of any of the offences specified in section 30(3) or the Schedule to the Taxi Regulation Act 2013; and
- Any other documents requested by An Garda Síochána, which may include a Driver Statement (available from NDLS) detailing any penalty points on your licence. An Garda Síochána may require your address to match across all application documents and this should be your current residence.
What happens next?
Your renewal application will be processed by An Garda Síochána, and, if approved, you will in due course be issued with an SPSV driver licence, driver display card and smart card. All queries in relation to your application should be directed to An Garda Síochána as the licensing authority.
This renewal process may take up to 3 months to complete.