Applications for renewing lorry and bus driving licences at age 45 and over during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

This guidance is for bus and lorry drivers aged 45 and over who currently need to renew their licences. If you are in this category, you should read this guidance.

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On 24 March 2022 the temporary scheme allowing lorry and bus drivers to renew their licence at 45 or over without submitting the D4 medical report will end. From that date, lorry and bus drivers will need to follow the normal licence renewal process without exception.

Any licence renewal applications received without the D4 after this date will be rejected by DVLA and the application will need to be resubmitted.



This guidance is about changes to the process for applying to renew a lorry or bus licence at age 45 or over during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These may affect the validity period of the licence you receive.

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Published 17 April 2020
Last updated 29 June 2021 + show all updates
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