The fee depends on if you want to:
- get your first full or provisional GB licence
- get a replacement if yours has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed
- change your name, address or photo
- renew a driving licence
- add, renew or remove an entitlement
- exchange a driving licence, for example exchange a paper licence for a photocard
- get your licence back after it’s been taken away, for example if you’ve been disqualified
There are different driving licence fees in Northern Ireland.
Get your first GB driving licence
|Type of licence||Apply online||Apply by post|
|First provisional licence - car, motorcycle, moped||£34||£43|
|First full driving licence after passing your driving test||N/A||Free - £17 to use a different photo from your provisional|
|First full GB licence in exchange for a full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence||N/A||£43|
Replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed licence
This costs £20. You must replace your licence if it’s been lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed.
Change the name, address or photo on your photocard driving licence
The fee depends on what you’re changing and how you do it.
|What you’re changing||Change online||Change by post|
|Photo and name at the same time||N/A||£17|
|Photo and address at the same time||£14||£17|
Renew a driving licence
Photocard licences are valid for 10 years unless otherwise stated. You’ll get a reminder to renew your photo before your current licence ends.
|Reason for renewal||Apply online||Apply by post|
|Renewing an expired driving licence||£14||£17|
|You’re 70 or over||Free||Free|
You can also renew your expired licence at a Post Office, it costs £21.50.
Renew a short-term medical driving licence
You can renew your short-term medical driving licence for free.
You can renew online if you have diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, a visual impairment, a sleep condition, or a heart condition.
Add, renew or remove an entitlement
|Reason for change||Apply online||Apply by post|
|Adding entitlement to full or provisional licence - for example, to drive a bus or lorry||N/A||Free|
|Renew entitlement to drive a bus or lorry||N/A||Free|
|Giving up entitlement to drive bus or lorry||N/A||Free|
You can also change a photo at the same time. It costs £17.
Exchange a paper or non-GB driving licence
|What you’re exchanging||Apply online||Apply by post|
|Paper licence for photocard with change of address||Free||Free|
|Paper licence for photocard with change of name||N/A||Free|
|Paper licence for photocard with no change of details||£20||£20|
|Full Northern Ireland licence in exchange for a GB licence||N/A||Free|
|Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence held||N/A||Free|
|Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence not held||N/A||£43|
Get your licence back after it’s been taken away
The fee depends on why you had your licence taken away and how you got it back.
|How you got your licence back||Apply online||Apply by post|
|You were disqualified for any reason except drink driving||N/A||£65|
|You were disqualified for drink driving and you need to pass a medical exam with a DVLA doctor||N/A||£90|
|You were disqualified for drink driving and you don’t need to pass a medical exam||N/A||£65|
|You’ve got your licence back after it was revoked under the New Drivers Act||N/A||£50|
|You’ve got your licence back after it was revoked for not handing it over to DVLA or at court||N/A||Free|
Check you're allowed to drive
Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.
Get a provisional driving licence
Driving lessons and practice
You need a provisional driving licence to take lessons or practice.
Prepare for your theory test
Book and manage your theory test
You need a provisional driving licence to book your theory test.
Book and manage your driving test
You must pass your theory test before you can book your driving test.
When you pass
You can start driving as soon as you pass your driving test.
You must have an insurance policy that allows you to drive without supervision.