How to renew your driving licence

Photo driving licences are valid for 10 years, meaning it can be easy to forget when it’s due for renewal. Motorists caught driving with an out-of-date licence can be fined up to £1,000.

Fortunately, there are several handy ways you can renew your licence and is on hand with all the details.

How to renew your driving licence

The DVLA will sent out a reminder when your driving licence is due for renewal.

Drivings can then use one of the below methods to renew it before it expires:

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  • Online
  • By post
  • In person at a Post Office

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How to renew your driving licence online

Residents in Great Britain can renew their licences online via the DVLA.

There’s a different service for motorists in Northern Ireland, which can be found here. 

You’ll need a valid passport, your address history for the last three years, your current licence and your National Insurance number (if you know it).

Renewing your licence online costs £14 and can be paid by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card.

How to renew your driving licence by post

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

You need to include these things along 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)

Post the documents to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DH.


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How to renew your driving licence at a Post Office

Take your reminder letter, if you have it, to a Post Office that deals with DVLA photocard licence renewal.

You’ll also need to bring your photocard licence and the £21.50 fee.

How long does it take?

Your new licence typically arrives within three weeks but it may take longer at the moment because of the coronavirus.

The DVLA said: “If you’re a key worker, for example you work in a hospital or supermarket, or you’re a lorry driver, and need your licence urgently, call the DVLA contact centre.”

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