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HOW DO I APPLY TO GET MY DRIVING LICENCE?

The minimum required age to apply is 16 years for motorcycles and 17 years for cars. Applications can be made three months prior to your readiness to drive. You can make provisional license applications online. The qualifications required for this application:

  • Should be a UK citizen
  • Must meet the eyesight and minimum age requirements
  • Must be allowed to drive
  • Must pay the stated fee through a debit or credit card such as Master Card and Visa
  • Must have a passport of the UK or any other identity document
  • Must provide home address for the past three years
  • Must have an Insurance Number

You can also fill out a D1 from for application, attach your original identification documents as well as a cheque or postal order (as payment for application) and submit the documents to DVLA.

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The DVLA can evaluate your personal details including the Insurance Number you specified. In case your identity is not completely verified, you will get instructions on what to do after your application is complete. You can always use the DVLA phone number to ask for assistance in case you get stuck.

Your license will be handed in two categories - the photocard with category information on vehicles you are able to drive and paper documents with authorizations and prerogative history, penalty points and disqualification periods. Your photocard should be renewed once in about 10 years.

Paper licences stay valid until the details require changing or they get damaged. Paper licences were given before photocards were introduced.

HOW DO I MAKE AN ADDRESS CHANGE ON MY DRIVING LICENCE?

You can change the address details on your licence online. You will need to meet these conditions:

  • Must have a legal driving licence (both parts are required if you have a photocard)
  • Should be a UK resident
  • Should give home address for the past three years
  • Must have a passport of the UK or any other identification documents
  • Must be allowed to drive
  • Must have an Insurance registration number, if needed

You can also make a change-of-address application via post. In case you have a photocard licences, you need to fill in the paper document changes section, sign it and submit it to the DVLA. If you need assistance making the application, you can reach out through the DVLA phone number.

If you have a paper licence, you need to fill in a D2 or D1, and send it to the DVLA along with your driving licence, passport size picture and original certificates of identity. If you need to make a name change on your driving licence, you must send your application by post.

HOW CAN I MAKE A NAME CHANGE ON MY LICENCE?

To make a name change, you should follow the following steps.

If you have a photocard licence

Fill in a D1 form for cars and motorcycles, or D2 for lorries or buses. Attach your original identity documents and both sections of your driving licence and submit them to DVLA.

If you have a paper licence

Fill in a D2 or D1 form, attach a passport size photo and your licence and send them to DVLA. Include a declaration if you need to replace a stolen, destroyed or lost licence.

You will get a new altered licence in 3 weeks.

HOW DO I MAKE A LICENCE RENEWAL?

Renewals should be made once in ten years. You must have a valid UK passport for 5 years or more. Other requirements include:

  • Must be a Great Britain resident
  • Must pay fees
  • Give your previous three yearsí home address
  • Must be allowed to drive
  • Give your Insurance number

Your licence will be renewed in two weeks.

CAN I ADD A HIGHER RANK TO MY DRIVING LICENCE?

You can add a higher rank by applying to get provisional entitlement. You can then plan for the test needed to add a higher rank. If you pass the test, you are automatically entitled to lower your ranks.

HOW DO I MAKE A REPLACEMENT FOR A LOST, DAMAGED OR STOLEN LICENCE?

You can make a replacement application online. You need to include your proof of identity, address and licence number. You should pay fees. If you need a photograph renewal, you must have a valid UK passport issued in the previous five years.

HOW CAN I CHANGE MY DRIVING LICENCE PHOTO?

You can change your provisional licence photo online. You need to have a passport of the UK that you got in the previous five years. You will get a new licence with the new photo. Requirements for this include:

  • Be a citizen of the UK
  • Pay the stated fees
  • Give your past three yearsí home address
  • Must be allowed to drive

HOW DO I REPLACE MY PAPER LICENCE WITH A PHOTOCARD LICENCE?

You should apply online. The requirements include:

  • Have your paper licence
  • Have a valid proof of identity or UK passport
  • Be a Great Britain resident
  • Meet the stated eyesight requirement
  • Be allowed to driving
  • Pay the stated fees
  • If known, give your Insurance number
  • Your past three yearsí home address

Those without a valid UK passport should send their photos to DVLA by post. After you are done with your online application, you will receive a form, which you should fill in and submit to DVLA.

You should receive your licence in three weeks, but it may take longer if your personal and medical details need to be checked. You can use the DVLA phone number to follow up if it takes longer than indicated.

WHAT CAN BAN ME FROM DRIVING?

You are disqualified if:

  • You are charged with driving delinquencies
  • You receive at least 12 penalty points in three years

You will be summoned by the authorities through a letter, which will include the date of your court trial.

HOW LONG DOES A DRIVING DISQUALIFICATION LAST?

The court decides the disqualification period for a driving offender, depending on how severe the offence was. Disqualifications can be:

  • Half a year for at least twelve penalty points in three years
  • An extra year in case of an additional set of penalty points in three years
  • Two years if you have been banned thrice

If your disqualification lasts for at least 56 days, you will need another licence. You may be required to take another driving exam or an extended one in order to get a new driving licence.

If your disqualification lasted below 56 days, you do not need a new licence or a test retake. The courtís decision is indicated on your licence along with the ban period. You are allowed to use your licence after the prohibition period.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR ANOTHER LICENCE AFTER MY DISQUALIFICATION?

This depends on how severe your offence was.

Non-high risk offenders

DVLA will send you a D27 application form 56 days before your disqualification ends, which you should complete and send back together with your passport size photo.

High risk offenders

You will receive a D2 or D1 form 90 days before your disqualification ends, which you should complete and send back. You are required to take medical tests, which will be overseen by a DVLA appointed physician, to prove that you are in a good position to drive.

HOW CAN I GIVE UP MY LICENCE?

You can choose to quit driving at will or because of health conditions. You need to let the DVLA know.

Car or Motorcycle licences: Download a declaration for voluntary surrender; fill it in, sign it, attach your licence and submit to DVLA.

Bus and lorry licences: Download the VOC99/CERT, complete it, sign it, attach your licence and submit to DVLA.

HOW SHOULD I INFORM DVLA IN CASE OF BEREAVEMENT?

If you need to report a driverís death to DVLA, send a letter, the licence and registration certificate. The letter should explain:

  • How you were related to the driver
  • The driverís name, address and date of birth
  • Driverís death date

DVLA Phone Number 0843 455 0054.