3. Licence validity and renewals

Minibus, bus and lorry drivers passing a driving test from 19 January 2013

If you pass your driving test in categories C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E after 19 January 2013 you’ll get a licence valid for 5 years.

Every 5 years up to age 45, you’ll need to sign a declaration to show you still meet the medical standards.

After age 45, you’ll need to provide a medical examination report every 5 years to renew your driving entitlement.

Minibus, bus and lorry drivers before 19 January 2013

Drivers under 45 years old

If you passed a driving test in 1 of the categories below, you’ll come under the new rules when you renew your driving licence.

The categories affected are C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E.

When you renew your licence, you’ll receive a licence valid for 5 years. Every time you renew you’ll need to confirm you still meet the medical standards.

If you apply to replace your licence because it is lost or stolen, or your personal details have changed, your new licence will run until the end of your original period.

However, if you update your photo at the same time, you’ll come under the new 5-year rule.

Drivers over 45 years old

Drivers over 45 will continue to renew their entitlement as they do now.

When you renew your licence at the end of a 5-year period, you’ll need to provide a medical examination report.

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