Identity documents needed for a driving licence application
You must send in an identity document with your application unless you have a valid UK biometric passport (where the photograph and signature are on the same page).
You don’t need to send your biometric passport in with your application, use the 9-digit passport number instead.
There are different rules in Northern Ireland.
Other types of identification
You must send the following identity documents if you don’t have a biometric passport:
- a current and valid passport
- a biometric residence permit (BRP) - formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals
- an European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) national identity card
- a travel document
You must send the original document with your driving licence application.
If you don’t have an EU or EEA passport, you’ll need to send in a visa that proves you have permission to live in the UK.
You can’t use:
- photocopies or laminated certificates
- certified copies - including those certified by the Post Office document certification service
Don’t send in your passport if you need it within the next month - consider delaying your driving licence application until after you’ve travelled.
If you’re a pensioner
If you’ve reached State Pension age, you can send an original of one of the following in your name:
- recent (within 3 months) bank or building society statement showing your pension payment and National Insurance number
- BR2102, BR2103 or BR5899 letter confirming your eligibility for the State Pension
UK birth, adoption and naturalisation certificates
You can use a UK birth, adoption or naturalisation certificate, but you must send it with one of the following:
- National Insurance card or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showing your National Insurance number
- photocopy of the front page of a benefits book or an original benefits claim letter
- P45, P60 or pay slip
- marriage certificate or divorce papers (decree nisi or absolute)
- a gender recognition certificate
- college or university union card, education certificate or PASS proof of age card (issued after June 2014)
If your name or gender has changed
You’ll need to provide evidence if your name or gender has changed since your identity document was issued.
If you’ve changed your name, send DVLA one of the following:
- your marriage or civil partnership certificate
- your decree nisi or decree absolute, along with your birth or adoption certificate, or UK certificate of naturalisation
- a deed poll
If you’ve changed your gender, send your gender recognition certificate.
Who can sign your form and photo
The person signing the form and photo must:
- be resident in the UK
- know you personally
- not be a relative
- not be living at the same address as you
Suitable people include:
- local business person or shopkeeper
- professionally qualified people, eg a lawyer, teacher or engineer
- police officer
- bank or building society staff
- civil servant
- minister of religion
- local councillor
- Members of Parliament, Assembly Member, Member of the Scottish Parliament or Member of the European Parliament
DVLA will contact the person who signs your application.
You don’t need someone to sign your photo if you’ve agreed to have DVLA check your identity by:
- contacting HM Passport Office
- providing an up to date passport, travel document or BRP
- providing your EU or EEA national identity card (except for ID cards issued by the Swedish Post Office)
You don’t need someone to sign your photo if you’re renewing your licence with a new photo.
Get your documents back
You’ll get your driving licence and identity documents separately.
Include a stamped self-addressed special delivery envelope if you want your identity documents returned by special delivery.
Contact DVLA if you don’t get your identity documents back within 3 weeks of receiving your driving licence.