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License extension and car rental abroad

  • 20-12-2021 7:02pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,867 ✭✭✭ rocky

    My driver's license expired Aug 2021, and got a 10 month extension. I cannot apply for a new license until March next year.

    In the meantime, do car rental companies abroad accept this extended expiration date, or will I not be able to rent for a few months?


  • Registered Users Posts: 487 ✭✭ Sir Galahad

    You'll not be able to rent without a valid up todate licence.

  • Registered Users Posts: 73,735 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    I'd go down the reporting it lost route "seeing as you can no longer find it".

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,867 ✭✭✭ rocky

    Would the new driving licence be valid for 10 years? I suppose they wouldn't give me a printed date already expired... One would hope

  • Registered Users Posts: 19 KLF

    I printed off the page from the NDLS site that showed the extension information and the calc that showed when I could renew, next March. In the end they didn’t even notice, they still took a copy of my licence as normal. This was with Sixt in Mallorca

    Your licence is not really expired anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,867 ✭✭✭ rocky

    You were lucky they didn't notice. Can confirm Autoreisen in Tenerife did not accept my extended expiration date.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,468 ✭✭✭ tabby aspreme

    The NDLS will give you a letter of entitlement / driver statement, stating your licence is valid, check there website for the email link, I used it with Hertz in the Netherlands recently.

  • Registered Users Posts: 153 ✭✭ Golfer50

    If you cannot find your license you will get an appointment for a replacement which will be dated March next, your extension date. If It was me I would prefer to have a valid license in hand for car hire - the letter they send out doesn’t even have your name on it afair!!