Get a replacement driving licence online with DVLA if yours gets lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. Apply using your Government Gateway ID. If you don’t have one or need to re-register, you’ll get an ID as part of your application.

What you need to know

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You should report the theft of your driving licence to the police.

Your replacement photocard and paper counterpart should arrive within 1 week if you apply online.

To replace your licence you’ll need to:

  • be a resident of Great Britain (there’s a different service in Northern Ireland)
  • not be disqualified from driving for any reason
  • pay £20 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
  • have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
  • provide addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years

You should provide your driving licence number and National Insurance number if you know them.

Your photo

DVLA will use an electronic copy of your passport photo for your photocard driving licence if:

  • your photocard licence is due to expire within 2 years
  • you have a UK passport issued in the last 5 years

DVLA will tell you if a suitable electronic photo isn’t available. You’ll then need to print a form and send it to them with a new photograph.

You can make sure the photo on your licence is updated by using the photo driving licence renewal service. You need a UK passport issued in the last 5 years to do this online.

What to do if you find your old licence later

You must return your old licence to DVLA explaining what’s happened if you find it after applying for or receiving a replacement.

Driving licences issued from 14 October 2012 look different, but existing licences are still valid.

  • Proof of identification required
  • 3 years of address details required
  • Debit or credit card required

If you’ve got a photocard driving licence

Applying by phone

You can apply by phone if none of your details have changed.

You can’t apply by phone if your licence is damaged, or if it expires in less than 56 days (90 days if it’s expiring for medical reasons).

DVLA
Telephone: 0300 790 6801
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday, 8am to 2pm Find out about call charges

Applying by post

For a car or motorbike licence, complete form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service or most Post Offices.

For a lorry or bus licence, complete form D2 ‘Application for a lorry/bus licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service.

You’ll then need to:

  • send your application to the address on the form along with the correct fee (also shown on the form)
  • include the part of your licence you still have if only 1 part is missing

If your name has changed you’ll also need to send original documents confirming this.

If you’ve got a paper driving licence

You can apply by post if you’ve got a paper driving licence.

For a car or motorbike licence, complete form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service or most Post Offices.

For a lorry or bus licence, complete from D2 ‘Application for a lorry/bus licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service.

You’ll then need to:

Postal applications take up to 3 weeks.

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