Press release

More drivers choosing to renew the photo on their driving licence online

DVLA reveals over half a million drivers have used their online service to renew the photo on their licence.

Photocard driving licence image

Over half a million drivers have used the DVLA’s Driver Licence Online service to renew the photo on their licence statistics released by DVLA today (17 August 2012) show.

Almost 60% of renewals are being completed by men. 459 reverends, 4 professors and 1 Lady also used the online service to renew their licence.

David Hancock, Director of Electronic Services and Data Input said:

The statistics released today show that more and more people are using our online service to apply for their new driving licence. This easy to use renewal service is quick, efficient and allows them to apply at a time that is convenient to them.

For further information see DVLA’s electronic services

The table below shows the top 10 regions where drivers have renewed their licence online.

Post Town Number of driving licence renewals online
Birmingham 13,119
Sheffield 10,060
Reading 9,684
Glasgow 9,595
Nottingham 9,479
Bristol 9,218
Newcastle Upon Tyne 9,134
Guilford 8,909
Leicester 8,357
Edinburgh 8,172

Notes to editors

The statistics quoted cover the number of online driving licence renewals completed since the transaction was added in February 2011. In this period a total of 530,541 drivers opted to use the online service.

To renew the photo on your driving licence online you need to:

  • have a valid UK passport issued within the last five years
  • be a resident of Great Britain
  • pay £20.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
  • not currently be prevented from driving for any reason
  • provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years
  • have your driving licence (if you do not have your driving licence you must indicate why as part of your application)

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Published 17 August 2012