Renew your driving licence (2023)

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  • full driving licence
  • provisional driving licence

You’ll need a valid UK passport to renew your licence online with DVLA.

There’s a different way to:

You’ll need to apply for your first provisional licence if:

  • you’ve never applied for a provisional licence before
  • you applied for a provisional licence before 1 March 1973

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Renew online

Your new licence will be valid from the date your application is approved, not from the expiry date of your current licence.

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You cannot apply online if your name or title has changed.

You must renew a photocard licence every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.

What you need

To renew online, you need:

  • a valid UK passport
  • to be a resident of Great Britain - there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
  • to pay £14 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence)
  • addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • your current driving licence (if you do not have your licence you must say why in your application)
  • your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • to not be disqualified from driving

How long it takes

Your driving licence should arrive within a week if you apply online.

You must send your old photocard licence to DVLA when you get your new licence. You’ll be told the address to use when you finish the application.

Personal data

DVLA will send you a confirmation email once you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.

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Apply at a Post Office

You’ll get a reminder letter in the post. Take it to a Post Office that deals with DVLA photocard licence renewal.

You also need to take:

  • your photocard licence if you have it
  • the £21.50 fee

If you do not have a reminder letter, you’ll need your photocard licence to apply at the Post Office.

You cannot apply at the Post Office if your name has changed. You’ll need to apply by post.

Apply by post

Get a ‘D1 pack’ of forms from a Post Office that deals with DVLA photocard renewal or vehicle tax.

You need to include these things with your completed forms:

  • a recent passport type photo (do not sign the back of the photo)
  • your current photocard licence, if you have it
  • a cheque or postal order for £17, payable to DVLA (no fee is needed if you have a medical short period licence or you’re aged 70 or over)

You also need to include identity documents if you’ve changed your name.

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Send the application to:

SA99 1DH

How long it takes

Your driving licence should arrive within 3 weeks. It might take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked.

After you apply at a Post Office or by post

You can continue driving while you wait for your new licence to arrive.

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What do you need to renew UK driving licence? ›

You need to include these things with your completed forms: a recent passport type photo (do not sign the back of the photo) your current photocard licence, if you have it. a cheque or postal order for £17, payable to DVLA (no fee is needed if you have a medical short period licence or you're aged 70 or over)

How long do you have to renew your UK driver's license after it expires? ›

If more than two years has passed since your driving licence expired, you may be made to retake your driving test in order to get a new licence. This is especially the case if your licence has expired due to age (driving licences need to be renewed when you reach seventy years of age) or for medical reasons.

Can I renew my driving licence online without a UK passport? ›

If you want to renew your driving licence online, you need to have a valid British passport. There are also other exclusions that apply and you won't be able to go ahead renewing your licence online if: You have changed your name- you will need to apply by post. You are trying to renew your 5 year bus or lorry licence.

How much does it cost to renew your driving licence? ›

How to renew your driving licence. It will cost you a total of £21.50 (including DVLA fees) to renew your driving licence. Capture your signature and even submit a change of address if applicable. The DVLA charges £17 to renew your driving licence.

Do I need to send a new photo when renewing my driving licence? ›

Is it time to renew your driving licence? You have to renew your photocard with a new picture every 10 years to make sure it's up to date.

Is it easy to renew driving licence online? ›

Renewing online is easier and quicker than paper – there's no fiddling about with forms or postage. If you apply online, your licence should arrive within one week. It's also free!

How much is it to renew license 2022? ›

After submitting all the necessary requirements, you will be asked to pay the license fee which is Php 589 pesos for both pro and non-pro license renewal. Expect additional fees if you are late and outside the grace period given by the LTO.

How long does it take to get my driving licence back from DVLA 2022? ›

DVA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It'll take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked. Allow at least three weeks for your driving licence to arrive before contacting DVA.

How much does it cost to renew driving licence UK? ›

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You'll get a reminder to renew your photo before your current licence ends. You can also renew your expired licence at a Post Office, it costs £21.50.

What ID can I use if I don't have a passport UK? ›

A current UK or European photo-card driving licence. UK full or provisional photo-card driving licence. A national ID card and/or other valid documentation relating to immigration status and permission of work.

What happens if you forget to renew your photocard driving licence? ›

Indeed, failure to renew an expired photocard, can lead to a licence being revoked. This can possibly occur where the police need to issue a fixed penalty notice, but the driver's address has also changed during the ten year period and DVLA has not been informed.

Can I drive while waiting for my licence renewal? ›

The DVLA says if your licence expires while it is processing your renewal application, you should be able to continue driving as long as you meet certain conditions, including only driving vehicles you were entitled to drive on your previous licence, not being told by a doctor or optician that you shouldn't drive, and ...

How much is a 10 year license renewal? ›

For only P585, you can get your driver's license valid for ten years given that you follow these following conditions: You have no traffic violation. You must pass the Comprehensive Drivers Education (CDE)

How long does it take to get my driving licence back from DVLA? ›

If you apply online, you should receive your driving licence or vehicle registration certificate (V5C) within 5 days. Here are some of our most popular online services: Apply for a driving licence.

How many photos do I need to renew my driver's license? ›

Go to your nearest DLTC with the following: Identity document (ID) and a copy of your ID, old driving licence card or valid South African passport. Four black-and-white ID photographs (before you have photographs taken confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require) Proof of residential address e.g. utility account ...

What photos are required for drivers licence renewal? ›

You'll also need:
  • your current driving licence card,
  • your ID,
  • 2 black and white or colour ID photographs if you're renewing your licence before the expiry date of your current licence or two photographs if you're renewing your licence after the expiry date, and.
  • a proof of address not older than 3 months.

Can I take my own photo for driving licence UK? ›

The photo must be: printed to a high quality, such as photos printed by a booth or studio (photographs printed at home are unlikely to be of a high enough quality) taken within the last month, a true likeness of you and of your full head. in colour, not black and white, against a light grey or cream background.

Do you have to book online to renew your driving licence? ›

All Gauteng residents must apply for their renewal online by visiting You can download all the application forms on this website too, but keep in mind that a limited number of slots open up for bookings every day.

Can I still drive if my licence has expired UK? ›

No. You must wait for the DVLA to reissue you with a new driving licence before you can start driving again. My last licence entitled me to drive lorries/ buses. It has expired and I am now only applying for a licence to drive a car.

Why can't I renew my license online UK? ›

Drivers applying for an over-70s licence renewal, who did not have a British passport before 2017, will need to apply by post as they aren't eligible for the online renewal service. This is due to most British passports after 2017 not having a digital signature — which is required for the online service.

What do I need to bring to renew my driver's license 2022? ›

Requirements for the Renewal of a Driver's License
  1. Accomplished Application Form for Driver's License (ADL)
  2. Original driver's license (Non-Professional or Professional).
  3. Original and photocopy of any government-issued ID with photo and Applicant Signature.
  4. Taxpayer's Identification Number or TIN (if you're employed)

How do I get a new driver's license 2022? ›

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  6. Step 6: Take a medical exam.

How far behind are the DVLA? ›

In May 2022 the DVLA pledged to clear the backlog for medical driving licence applications and return to 'normal' processing times by September 2022. That meant 90% of medical applications being processed within 90 days.

Why is DVLA taking so long? ›

The processing times are taking months longer than expected for many – a delay that the DVLA has attributed to a strike that took place in August 2021. For some, the stalling process has left them out of work, or immobilised in rural areas for months on end.

Are DVLA taking phone calls? ›

If you would like to contact DVLA, you can ring them up at 0300 790 6802. If you're calling from abroad, please dial +44 844 306 9203. If you would like to know of other ways to contact DVLA, please view the options below.

Do I have to send my old driving licence back to DVLA? ›

If you no longer want to drive you should return your licence to us at DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB.

Is an out of date passport proof of ID UK? ›

In the case of a standard British Passport renewal, your old/ expired British Passport can serve as proof of identity.

What documents count as proof of address? ›

Proof of address can be one of the following documents:
  • Water, electricity, gas, telephone, or Internet bill.
  • Credit card bill or statement.
  • Bank statement.
  • Bank reference letter.
  • Mortgage statement or contract.
  • Letter issued by a public authority (e.g. a courthouse)
  • Company payslip.
  • Car or home insurance policy.

What documents count as proof of address UK? ›

Most UK banks accept these documents as proof of address:
  • Valid UK driving licence.
  • Recent utility bill (gas, electricity, water, or landline phone)
  • Council tax bill.
  • Recent credit card or bank statement.
  • Recent Building Society or Credit Union statement.
  • Tenancy agreement.

What happens when driving licence expires? ›

However, if your licence has expired more than ten years, you will have to sit another theory test, apply for a learner permit, take any mandatory training and pass another driving test. You can renew your expired licence online, as normal, or book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre in person.

How long does it take for driving licence to arrive? ›

Your driving licence should be ready within four to six weeks. A temporary driving licence is issued immediately.

How long do you have after your license expires? ›

"Except for student permits, all drivers' licenses shall be valid for five (5) years reckoned from the birthdate of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended: Provided, however, That subject to Section 26 hereof, any holder of a professional or nonprofessional driver's license who has not committed any violation ...

Who is eligible for 10 years drivers license? ›

The 10-year driver's license can be issued to motorists with no demerit points on their driving record or who have not committed any violation of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. Intrinsically, driver's license holders with at least one traffic violation will only get the standard 5-year driver's license.

How many days is the grace period for expired drivers license? ›

LTO extends validity of expired license for two months.

How long does it take for your driver's license to come in the mail UK? ›

If you have a 14-digit reference number, use this service to track your application. You'll normally get your driving licence within a week of completing your online application.

Can I drive before my licence arrives? ›

Although it could take up to three weeks for you to receive your updated photocard in the post, you don't need to wait for it to arrive before you drive. As long as your car is taxed and insured, you're good to go. Contact the DVLA if your new licence hasn't arrived within three weeks of passing your test.

Has DVLA still got a backlog? ›

DVLA eliminated the backlog in paper-based standard driving licence applications in mid-2022, returning to processing applications within usual time limits by May 2022 and reducing the number in progress to typical levels by July 2022.

What documents are needed to renew car licence? ›

What you need to renew your car licence disc
  • ID book.
  • Motor vehicle licence renewal notice (MVL2)
  • Licensing fees (usually only in cash)
  • Proof of postal and physical address (utilities account only)
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Do you have to send your old driving licence back to DVLA? ›

Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, When a driver changes their address on a driving license, they are asked to cut the previous license in half and return it to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZW.

What do I need to bring to renew my NDLS appointment? ›

you'll need each of the following:

Can driving licence be renewed at Post Office? ›

You can renew your driving licence at all POS Malaysia branches. To do so, make sure to bring your identity card and existing driving licence.

How much does it cost to renew a drivers license 2022? ›

If you reside in Gauteng or parts of the Eastern Cape Metropolitans where this is applicable, unfortunately, you'll need to use the online licence booking system known as NaTis. There is now an online booking fee of R250, plus an additional fee of R22, which goes to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

What does the new UK driving licence look like 2022? ›

The Royal Crest is visible on the front. The driver number has been left justified and is now in line with the other text. The secondary image of the licence holder is now located on the front of the card. The OVI (colour shifting ink) design has been reinstated and updated to the back of the licence.

How long does it take for a replacement driving license to arrive UK 2022? ›

Please allow 4 weeks for your new documents to be sent to you if applying by post. Please do not call us within those 4 weeks as your application will be processing and we will not be able to provide further information.

How long will it take to get my licence back from DVLA? ›

You should receive your driving licence from the DVLA within three weeks after they accept your application documents. If your health or personal details need to be checked it could take longer. Make sure you leave at least three weeks for delivery before contacting the DVLA.

Can I just walk into NDLS Centre? ›

You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre. There is no walk-in service available. Once processed your licence/permit will issue to you by post. You will need to bring ID, fee and any other supporting documentation including medical or eyesight report if required.

Do I need an eye test to renew my license? ›

You're not required to submit another eyesight report form unless requested by your doctor, or if you wish to remove a 01 notation on your licence - that is, the requirement to wear corrective lenses when driving.

How long after driving licence expires Can you renew? ›

You can apply to renew your driving licence within 3 months of the expiry date. You can also renew a driving licence up to 10 years after its expiry date.

How do I renew my driving licence 2022? ›

A simple 5-step guide to the entire 2022 LTO driver's license renewal process
  1. Step 1: Register at the LTO LTMS Portal. ...
  2. Step 2: Take the online validation exam (OVE) ...
  3. Step 3: Print your validation exam certificate. ...
  4. Step 4: The medical exam. ...
  5. Step 5: Proceed to an LTO driver's license renewal center.
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How long does it take to renew driving licence by post? ›

Postal applications take up to 3 weeks.

How do I renew my driving licence online at the post office? ›

Getting Started
  1. Sign up & update your profile.
  2. Apply for your licence disk & upload supporting documents.
  3. Electronically sign form.
  4. Select delivery address for your licence disk.


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