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Got a photocard driving licence to renew?

We’ll help you sort it, right first time, for just £21.50

How to renew your driving licence

It will cost you a total of £21.50 (including DVLA fees) to renew your driving licence.

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Bring your renewal reminder

And your photocard driving licence (if you have it), along with any items requested by DVLA.

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Fill out a D1 form

We’ll take your signature using a digital pad.

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Pay for it

The DVLA charges £17 to renew your driving licence. We’ll just charge a further £4.50 to take your photo, check your application and send it securely to the DVLA. That’s a total of £21.50.

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Send it

We’ll post your application to the DVLA for you, and you should have your new licence within 3 weeks.

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How to renew if you’re over 70 years old

Once you’re 70 you’ll need to renew your driving
licence every 3 years. The DVLA will automatically send
you a D46P application form 90 days before your
licence expires. But if you haven’t got one, you can also
use a D1 form which you’ll find in selected Post Office branches.

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FAQs

What is a photocard driving licence?

It’s the standard UK driving licence – a pink card with the photo of the driver on the front.
These were first issued in 1998 – and they’re the only type of driving licence issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
You may have an old style paper licence which is still a valid document. You can apply to change your paper licence for a photocard driving licence through the DVLA.

Why would I need to renew my photocard driving licence?

Your photocard must be renewed every 10 years, up to the age of 70.  It’s illegal to drive without a valid licence and, if you are caught driving without one:

  • You can be fined up to £1,000 if you’re stopped by police
  • You may face difficulties with car insurance
  • You may be breaking local laws when driving abroad
  • Car hire firms may refuse to provide you with a vehicle.
     

It’s important that licences are updated every 10 years – having an up to date licence will mean you have the latest security features to protect you against fraud.  This will also help prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and dangerous drivers taking to the road.

How do I know if my photocard driving licence has expired?

Check the expiry date on your photocard.

Each section on your card is numbered:

  • 1-3 represent your family name, given names and date of birth.
  • Section 4b represents the expiry date of the card   

What if I have an old style paper driving licence?

Unless you have reached the age of 70, or your details have changed since your licence was issued, you don’t need to renew your paper driving licence.

You can still upgrade your paper licence at any time by applying to exchange it for a photocard.

How can I renew my photocard driving licence?

What if I don’t have my D798 Renewal reminder?

If none of your personal details has changed, you can still use the Post Office service by taking your photocard to your selected branch. If your details have changed, you will need to apply directly to DVLA.

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