You need to apply for a new licence if your licence has been taken away because you’ve been disqualified before you can start driving again.

How you reapply for your licence depends on whether or not you are in the high risk offender category. You’re classed as a high risk offender if you were disqualified:

  • with an alcohol level of over 200 milligrams (mg) in 100 millilitres (ml) of blood, 87.5mg in 100ml of breath, or 267.5mg in 100ml of urine
  • twice in 10 years for being above the legal limit, or being unfit to drive because of drink
  • for failing to supply a breath, blood or urine sample for testing

Any other driving offences are classed as non-high risk.

Non-high risk offenders

DVLA will send you a D27 form 56 days before your disqualification period ends. You will need to fill in the form and return it to DVLA. You may need to send in a new passport-style photo with your application.

You need to make sure that DVLA have your most up-to-date details.

High risk offenders

DVLA will send you an application form 90 days before your disqualification ends.

If you don’t get your renewal form in the post you’ll need to order one from DVLA’s online form ordering service.

Bus, coach or lorry licence

You’ll need to complete a separate D2 form to apply for a bus, coach or lorry licence. You can order a D2 form from DVLA.

Medical examination with a DVLA doctor

Before you get your licence back you must have a medical examination with one of DVLA’s appointed doctors to prove you’re fit to drive. The examination will include:

  • a questionnaire about your medical history and use of alcohol
  • a physical examination
  • blood tests

You’ll have to pay for your medical examination.

Download the leaflet for more information on applying after disqualification for a drink driving offence.

Non-GB licence holders

DVLA will return your licence when your disqualification period ends.

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