- full driving licence
- provisional driving licence
It costs £14 when you apply online.
You must renew a photocard licence every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.
You’ll need to apply for your first provisional licence if:
- you’ve never applied for a provisional licence before
- you applied for a provisional licence before 1 March 1973
There’s a different way to:
- renew your licence if you’re 70 or over
- renew a 5-year bus or lorry licence
- renew a short-term medical driving licence
This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
Who can renew online
To renew your licence online you need either:
- a UK passport
- the document you used to set up your online immigration status
If you do not have either of these, you’ll need to apply at a Post Office or by post.
If your name or title has changed you cannot apply online. You can only renew your licence by post.
Your new licence will be valid from the date your application is approved, not from the expiry date of your current licence.
Before you start
To renew your licence you must:
- be a resident of Great Britain (there’s a different service in Northern Ireland)
- not be disqualified from driving
- your UK passport (either current or expired within the past 12 months) or the document you used to set up your online immigration status
- your current driving licence (if you have it)
- your National Insurance number (if you know it)
- addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
Documents used to set up online immigration status
If you are not a UK citizen you can prove your identity using the reference number from the document you used to set up your online immigration status. The document will be one of the following:
- a non-UK passport
- a biometric residency permit
- a biometric residency card
- a national identity card
Renewing your licence costs £14. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence).
How long it takes
Your driving licence should arrive within a week if you apply online.
You must send your old photocard licence to DVLA when you get your new licence. You’ll be told the address to use when you finish the application.
DVLA will send you a confirmation email once you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.
Apply at a Post Office
You’ll get a reminder letter in the post. Take it to a Post Office that deals with DVLA photocard licence renewal.
You also need to take:
- your photocard licence if you have it
- the £21.50 fee
If you do not have a reminder letter, you’ll need your photocard licence to apply at the Post Office.
You cannot apply at the Post Office if your name has changed. You’ll need to apply by post.
Apply by post
Get a ‘D1 pack’ of forms from a Post Office that deals with DVLA photocard renewal or vehicle tax.
You need to include these things with your completed forms:
- a recent passport type photo (do not sign the back of the photo)
- your current photocard licence, if you have it
- a cheque or postal order for £17, 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:
After you apply at a Post Office or by post
Your driving licence should arrive within 3 weeks. It might take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked.
You can continue driving while you wait for your new licence to arrive.