Complete the right form and send it to DVLA with your old driving licence and any supporting documents.

Use the same processes to change your title (eg Ms to Dr). You don’t need to send evidence unless it’s a ‘hereditary title’.

You can drive while waiting for your new licence.

You must also update your V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) if you change your name.

There’s a different process in Northern Ireland.

Photocard driving licence

Get the right form from the DVLA form ordering service or at most Post Offices. For:

  • car or motorbike licence, complete form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’
  • lorry or bus licence, complete form D2 ‘Application for a lorry/bus licence’

All drivers and riders will also need to:

You don’t need to send a new photo.

Paper driving licence

Get the right form from the DVLA form ordering service or at most Post Offices. For a:

  • car or motorbike licence, complete form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’
  • lorry or bus licence, complete form D2 ‘Application for a lorry/bus licence’

You must also include:

If you can’t send in your old driving licence

You must declare on the form if your old licence has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

Where to send your application

Send your application to DVLA.

For ‘D1’ car or motorbike applications


DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BN

For ‘D2’ lorry or bus applications


DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BR

When to expect your licence

You usually get your new driving licence within 3 weeks of applying.

It’ll take longer if they have to check your health or personal details.

Allow at least 3 weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.

If you’re disqualified from driving

You can still tell DVLA if you change your name while disqualified. Write a letter including:

  • old and new name
  • driving licence number (if you know it)
  • date of birth

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1AB

Your driver record will be updated and you’ll receive a D27 driving licence renewal application 56 days before your disqualification ends.