If your driving licence is expired (or lost) and you don’t renew, you could potentially face a hefty fine.
But, how much is a replacement driving licence in the UK, and how and where to renew it?
Let’s dive in.
A driving licence is a legal document that allows you to drive on UK roads. Although you can’t drive without a valid one, at the end of 2021, it was estimated that there were more than 2 million expired driving licences in the UK.
Drivers that have a photocard need to renew it every 10 years. In general, driving licences in the UK are valid until the driver turns 70, after which they’ll need to renew them every 3 years.
If your driving licence has expired, is lost, or is stolen, you can apply for a replacement online on gov.uk or by post.
The quickest way to apply for a replacement driving licence in the UK is online, which will cost you £14 if it expired and £20 if it was lost, stolen, or damaged.
Renewing an expired licence in person at a Post Office or by post costs £21.50 and £17, respectively.
Did you know: You can’t legally drive on UK roads without at least third-party car insurance!
The first thing you should do when you notice that your licence is missing is to report it to the police. You should also tell the DVLA that you have lost your driving licence.
Once that’s done, you can start the application process for a licence replacement.
You’ll need to provide:
The DVLA usually uses your passport picture to issue you a new licence. If they don’t have a suitable electronic picture of you for the licence, they will send you a form so you can provide the agency with a new photo.
If you’ve got a photocard driving licence and are applying by post, you’ll need to complete the D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ form, which you can find on the DVLA form ordering service or at the Post Office.
In addition to the D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ form, those that have a paper driving licence will need to include:
Did you know: You can get an HGTV licence for free!
If you find your driving licence after you’ve already applied for a DVLA driving licence replacement, you’ll need to return the old licence to the DVLA.
You can either hand it in at a local DVLA office or send it to:
Did you know: You can avoid paying taxes for your vehicle by declaring it as SORN!
Driving licence fees vary depending on whether you’re applying for the first time, what type of licence you need, the reason for renewing it, and how you’re applying for the licence.
|Applying Online||Applying by Post|
|First provisional licence||£34||£43|
|First full driving licence||N/A||£17 to use a different photo|
|First full GB licence (in exchange for a full European Economic Area, European Community, or other designated foreign licence)|
|Change of…||Changing online||Changing by Post|
|Photo and name||N/A||£17|
|Photo and address||£14||£17|
|Your age||Applying Online||Applying by Post|
|/||Applying Online||Applying by Post|
|Adding entitlement to full or provisional licence (e.g. to drive a bus or lorry)||N/A||Free|
|Renewing entitlement to drive a lorry or bus||N/A||Free|
|Giving up entitlement to drive a lorry or bus||N/A||Free|
You can replace your photo too, but it will cost you £17.
|You’re exchanging a paper licence for a…||Applying Online||Applying by Post|
|Photocard with change of address||Free||Free|
|Photocard with change of name||N/A||Free|
|Photocard with no change of details||£20||£20|
|Full Northern Ireland licence for a GB licence||N/A||Free|
|Full European Economic Area, European Community, or other designated foreign licence for a GB licence if you previously had a GB licence|
|Full European Economic Area, European Community, or other designated foreign licence for a GB licence if you’ve never held a GB licence|
|How you got it back||Applying Online||Applying by Post|
|Disqualified for any reason (except drunk driving)||N/A||£65|
|Disqualified for drunk driving (and you need to pass a medical exam with a DVLA doctor)||N/A||£90|
|Disqualified for drunk driving (and you do not need to pass a medical exam)||N/A||£65|
|After it got revoked under the New Drivers Act||N/A||£50|
|After it got revoked for not handing it over to DVLA or at court||N/A||Free|
The easiest and quickest way to renew your driving licence is online. The cost for getting a new licence varies based on why you’re renewing it. If you lost it or damaged it, then you’ll have to pay £20 for a new one. The renewal costs less (£20) if it expires and is free for anyone over the age of 70.
It can take anywhere between 1-3 weeks to get your new driving licence. Applications by post take longer.
You can drive as long as you’ve applied for a replacement and haven’t been disqualified from driving.
Renewing a driving licence can cost between £14- £20, depending on why you’re applying for a replacement.
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