Renew your driving licence online with DVLA if you have a valid UK passport issued in the last 5 years. Apply using your Government Gateway ID. If you don’t have one or need to re-register, you’ll get an ID as part of your application.

What you need to know

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You can’t apply online if your name has changed or if you want to renew a 5-year bus or lorry licence.

To apply online, you need to:

  • have a valid UK passport issued within the last 5 years
  • be a resident of Great Britain - there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
  • pay £20 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
  • provide addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • have your driving licence, including the paper counterpart if you have a photocard licence (if you don’t have your licence you must say why in your application)
  • have your National Insurance number
  • not be disqualified from driving

There’s a different service if you want to renew your licence and you’re 70 or over.

You must send the photocard and paper counterpart of your old licence to DVLA when you get your new licence. You’ll get the address to use when you finish the application.

DVLA will get the photo and signature for your new driving licence from your passport. If this isn’t possible, or you don’t want to use the photo on your passport, you won’t be able to renew your licence online.

Your driving licence should arrive within 1 week if you apply online.

You must renew a photocard licence every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends. Your new licence will be valid from the date your application is approved not from the expiry date of your current licence.

Personal data

If you apply online you are agreeing that DVLA can check your personal data, including your National Insurance number.

DVLA will confirm your details with the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs.

  • Valid UK passport required
  • 3 years of address details required
  • Debit or credit card required

Applying at a Post Office

A list of the closest Post Offices where you can renew your driving licence will be on the renewal form (D798) you receive in the post.

You can also find your nearest suitable Post Office on the Post Office website or call 0845 722 3344.

You can’t apply via the Post Office if your name has changed.

You need to take:

  • the completed renewal form D798
  • your photocard licence and paper counterpart if you have them
  • the fee of £20

The Post Office will charge an extra £4.50 fee to process your application.

Your driving licence should arrive within 3 weeks. It might take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked.

You can’t download a copy of form D798, but if you don’t get your renewal reminder you may still be able to renew your licence at selected Post Offices. You need to have the photocard and paper counterpart of your current licence.

Applying by post

You need to fill in the licence renewal form D798 and include:

  • a new passport type photo taken within the last month (don’t sign the back of the photo)
  • the photocard and paper counterpart of your current licence (you need to tick the relevant box on the D798 form if you’ve lost either part)
  • a cheque or postal order for £20, payable to DVLA (no fee is needed if you have a medical short period licence or you’re aged 70 or over)

You also need to include identity documents if you’ve changed your name.

Send the application to:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1DH

If you don’t have the reminder form

If you don’t have the D798 reminder and want to apply by post, fill in form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service and selected Post Offices.

Your driving licence should arrive within 3 weeks. It might take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked.

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