The exemption that allows over 70's to apply for a driving licence without the need to provide a medical report will be extended until June.
That has been announced today by the Minister of State in the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D.
The Galway West Deputy says the move was made in light of the surge of Covid-19 cases and in order to ease the burden on medical services.
All eligible drivers will be contacted directly with an application pack allowing them to apply for a new licence by post.
Minister Naughton told Midwest News this will eliminate the need for over 70's to make an unnecessary journey to their GP, or to the NDLS centre.