How To Renew Your Driving Licence In The UK

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How To Renew Your Driving Licence In The UK

How To Renew Your Driving Licence In The UK

Wondering how to renew your driving licence in the UK? Well, in the UK, you need to renew your driving licence every ten years. If you’re aged 70 or over, you have to renew it every three years. And if you have a bus or lorry licence, you need to do it every five years.

However, if you simply want to renew your photocard licence and you’re under 70, you will get a reminder every ten years, just before your licence expires. You can renew your licence online, as well as at the Post Office or by post. Here’s how you can do it.

Apply Online

Renewing your licence online is often the easiest way to do it. However, there are a few conditions that you need to meet.

You need to be a resident of Great Britain to use the application – those who live in Northern Ireland can apply online at

You also need to have a valid UK passport and your current driving licence, as well as the ability to pay the £14 fee using a debit or credit card. Other information required includes your addresses for the past three years, as well as your National Insurance number.

To apply online for your licence renewal, you need to use your Government Gateway ID, which you might have used for previous applications for various government services. If you don’t have one, you are given one as part of the application process.

You can apply in English or Welsh. Your licence should arrive in about a week after applying online. After you get your new licence, you will be given an address to send your old licence to.

Apply At The Post Office

If you don’t want to apply online, another option is to apply at the Post Office, just like you can for a passport.

At the Post Office, they will check your application for you, including your photo and signature, to make sure it’s up to DVLA standards.

To renew via the Post Office, it costs £17, plus another £4.50 to have your application checked and sent – so £21.50 altogether. The Post Office will also take your photo for you.

First, find a branch that deals with photocard licence renewals. Then, take your licence and your reminder letter to the Post Office, where they will take your photo and check and send your application.

Apply By Post

You also have the option of applying for your driving licence renewal by post. If you want to do this, you need to get a D1 pack of forms from the DVLA or pick one up from the Post Office.

You will need to include a recent passport-sized photo, your current licence, and a cheque or postal order for £17, payable to DVLA. You need to send your application to:

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If you choose to apply for your licence renewal by post or through the Post Office, it could take around three weeks for your new licence to arrive. It’s quicker and a little cheaper to complete your application online instead.

Hopefully, this article is a helpful guideline, when looking at how to renew your driving licence in the UK. And remember, always renew your driving licence via the official website, as many third-party companies will try and charge you for the privilege.

If you have any questions regarding driving in general, feel free to get in touch.

Olie Smith
Olie Smith
Olie Smith is a DSA Fully Approved Driving instructor with years of professional experience in driver training. Oliver set up Totally Driving to give a more bespoke, personal feel to driving lessons.

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