You must get a new licence if:
- you change your address
- your licence has been defaced
- you change your name (you must apply by post using paper form D1 or D2)
- you’re getting a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) driver qualification card (DQC)
If none of these apply and your paper licence is still valid, you don’t need to exchange it for a photocard version.
Start now on driving licensing online
DVLA will aim to send your driving licence within 3 weeks. It may take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked.
Use your Government Gateway ID to apply. You can register for a Government Gateway ID as part of your application.
You’ll need to:
- have your driving licence to hand
- be a resident of Great Britain
- meet the minimum eyesight requirement
- not be prevented from driving for any reason
- pay £20 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
- have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
- have your National Insurance number
- provide addresses of where you have lived for the last 3 years
You can’t apply online if you’ve changed your name. Apply by post using form D1 for cars and motorbikes, or form D2 for lorries and buses. Get the forms from the DVLA form ordering service. Most Post Offices have D1 forms.
Applying online means you agree that DVLA can check your personal data, including your National Insurance number. You’ll be told what to do if DVLA can’t verify your identity.
The photo for your licence
DVLA will use the photo on your UK digital passport.
You’ll need to send a photo by post if DVLA can’t use your digital passport photo, or if you don’t want them to use it. At the end of your online application a form will be posted to you so you can return it with your photo.
Driving before you get your new licence
You can drive while your licence is being renewed if you meet all the following conditions:
- you have the support of your doctor to continue driving
- you had a valid licence
- you only drive under the conditions of the previous licence
- your application is less than a year old
- your last licence wasn’t revoked or refused for medical reasons
- you’re not currently disqualified
- you weren’t disqualified as a high risk offender on or after 1 June 2013
Read the guidance ‘Can I drive while my application is with DVLA?’ for more information.
DVLA will send you a confirmation email once you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.
You can also apply in person or by post by completing form D1, which you can get from the DVLA form ordering service or from a Post Office.
You’ll also need to include:
- original identity documents
- a colour passport-type photograph
- the fee of £20 (if you’re applying by post make cheques or postal orders payable to DVLA - do not send cash)
Send all your documents to:
Your new driving licence should arrive within 3 weeks. It might take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked.