Renew your driving licence online with DVLA if you have a valid UK passport.

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

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.

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Start now on driving licensing online

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

You must renew a photocard licence every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.

What you need

To renew online, you need:

  • a valid UK passport
  • to be a resident of Great Britain - there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
  • to pay £14 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence)
  • addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • your current driving licence (if you don’t have your licence you must say why in your application)
  • your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • to not be disqualified from driving

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.

Your new licence will be valid from the date your application is approved, not from the expiry date of your current licence.

Personal data

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 don’t have a reminder letter, you’ll need your photocard licence to apply at the Post Office.

You can’t apply at the Post Office if your name has changed. You’ll need to apply by post.

Apply by post

Order a ‘D1 pack’ of forms from DVLA or get one 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 (don’t 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:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1DH

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.