Once you’ve passed your driving test, next comes the exciting task of applying for your full driving licence.
If you have a photocard provisional driving licence, your examiner will send your driving test pass certificate to the DVLA. If you have changed your name or you only have a paper provisional driving licence, you need to:
If you live in Northern Ireland, the rules are different.
If you have a valid UK passport, providing the 9-digit passport number will be enough. If not, you can send any of the following documents:
Photocopies, laminated certificates and certified copies are not valid. You must send the original document with your application but do not send your passport if you need it within the next month – consider delaying your application until after you’ve travelled.
UK birth, adoption or a naturalisation certificate are also valid documents when sending your application, however, you must also send one of the following:
If you have reached state pension age, you can send one of the following original documents:
If you’re making a first driving licence application or renewing your driving licence you need to have the back of your photo certified (signed) by an authorised person. This could be:
A relative cannot certify the photo for you. For further details on who qualifies, see here.
If you change your name or gender since your identity document or driving licence was issued, you will need to send at least one of the following:
If you change your gender identity, you need to provide at least one of the following:
You will also need to provide the identity document or driving licence that shows your previous name or gender identity.
Your original identity documents will be returned by second class post within 2 weeks. Include a stamped, self-addressed special delivery or Signed For envelope with your application if you want to track when your documents are posted.