Renew your driving licence if you're 70 or over (2023)

Renew your driving licence online with DVLA for free if you’re 70 or over – or will be 70 in the next 90 days.

Renew online

Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.

(Video) How To Renew British Driving Licence Aged 70 & Over 🚗

Start now on driver licensing online

Contents

  • More information
  • Other ways to apply

You can use this service to renew your British driving licence if you’re 70 or over, or will be 70 in the next 90 days, and:

  • your British licence has expired – or it’s going to expire within 90 days
  • you’re a resident of Great Britain (there’s a different service in Northern Ireland)
  • you meet the minimum eyesight requirement
  • you aren’t prevented from driving for any reason

Once you reach 70, you must renew every 3 years.

You can change the licence photo at the same time as renewing your licence.

You cannot use this service to renew a C1 (medium-sized vehicles) or D1 (minibus) entitlement - you must do this by post.

What you need

If you haven’t used this service before, you need to register with:

(Video) Renew at 70

  • an email address
  • addresses of where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
  • your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • a valid UK passport number (if you want to change the licence photo)

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.

Driving while DVLA has your licence

You can drive while your licence is being renewed if you meet all the following conditions:

  • you have the support of your doctor to continue driving
  • you had a valid licence
  • you only drive under the conditions of the previous licence
  • your application is less than a year old
  • your last licence wasn’t revoked or refused for medical reasons
  • you’re not currently disqualified
  • you weren’t disqualified as a high risk offender on or after 1 June 2013

Read the guidance ‘Can I drive while my application is with DVLA?’ for more information.

You can apply by post using the D46P application form.

DVLA will automatically send you this form 90 days before your 70th birthday.

Use the D1 application for a driving licence form if you haven’t got the D46P form. You can pick one up at most Post Offices.

(Video) How Do I Renew My Driving Licence When I Am 70?

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

(Video) How To Renew GB Driving Licence Age 70 Years & Over #TheFormFiller
(Video) Over 70 Renew of Driver's license Online

FAQs

What do you need to renew your driving licence at 70? ›

The DVLA will send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday, and then every three years afterwards. Complete the form and return it to the DVLA. If you haven't got the D46P form, you can use a 'D1 application for a driving licence form', which you can pick up from a Post Office.

Do you have to pay to renew your driving licence If you are over 70? ›

Once you reach the age of 70, your licence expires, but this doesn't automatically mean you have to stop driving. You just need to renew your driving licence if you want to continue. You'll need to renew it every 3 years after that. Renewal is free of charge.

Do you need a new photo for over 70 driving licence? ›

Once you reach 70, you must renew every 3 years. You can change the licence photo at the same time as renewing your licence.

How long does it take to renew an over 70 driving licence? ›

If you apply online, your licence should arrive within one week. It's also free! That's right – there's no charge to use our 'Renew at 70' service on GOV.UK. So avoid any third-party websites that charge premiums for DVLA services.

Do you have to take your driving test again at 70? ›

Do drivers over 70 need to retake their driving test? In short, no. However, drivers need to reapply for their licence at the age of 70 and every three years thereafter.

Do over 70 need a medical for driving licence? ›

A medical report form is required when applying for a driving licence or learner permit where the driver is aged 75 years and over or where the driving licence or learner permit they are renewing expires the day before their 75th birthday.

Do I need a new photo to renew my driving licence? ›

Is it time to renew your driving licence? You have to renew your photocard with a new picture every 10 years to make sure it's up to date.

Will I get a reminder to renew my driving licence? ›

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.

How much does it cost to renew a UK driving licence? ›

Renew a driving licence

You'll get a reminder to renew your photo before your current licence ends. You can also renew your expired licence at a Post Office, it costs £21.50.

How do I take a photo of my driving licence at home? ›

Digital photo rules:

your photo must look like you and must have be taken in the last month. use a plain light-coloured background with no patterns or textures and don't have objects behind you. no shadows on your face or behind you - it's best to use natural sunlight, for example facing a window.

How often do you have to update your driving licence photo? ›

Driving licence photos must be replaced every 10 years (no matter how young you look).

What photos are required for drivers licence renewal? ›

You'll also need:
  • your current driving licence card,
  • your ID,
  • 2 black and white or colour ID photographs if you're renewing your licence before the expiry date of your current licence or two photographs if you're renewing your licence after the expiry date, and.
  • a proof of address not older than 3 months.

Can I renew my driving licence at 70 online? ›

You can now quickly and easily renew your driving licence online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person. All you need is the following: A Public Services Card and verified MyGovID.

How much does it cost to renew your driving licence card? ›

If you reside in Gauteng or parts of the Eastern Cape Metropolitans where this is applicable, unfortunately, you'll need to use the online licence booking system known as NaTis. There is now an online booking fee of R250, plus an additional fee of R22, which goes to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

What age do you need to resit your driving test? ›

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to retake your test. When you reach the age of 70 your licence does expire. However, you simply need to renew it with the DVLA.

What is the DVLA eye test? ›

The practical driving test eyesight test

At the start of your practical driving test you have to correctly read a number plate on a parked vehicle. If you cannot, you'll fail your driving test and the test will not continue. DVLA will be told and your licence will be revoked.

Who decides if you are fit to drive? ›

1) DVLA is legally responsible in deciding if someone is fit to drive. 2) As the patients doctor-it is our responsibility that the patient understands that their condition may impair their ability to drive. If a patient cannot make this decision based on competence, e.g. dementia - then you should inform the DVLA.

What medical conditions can you not drive with? ›

Common health conditions that can affect your driving
  • Epilepsy. ...
  • Blackouts, fainting, loss of consciousness. ...
  • Diabetes. ...
  • Neurological conditions. ...
  • Heart or circulatory conditions. ...
  • Visual impairments. ...
  • Cancer. ...
  • Déjà vu.

What medical conditions do DVLA need to know? ›

diabetes or taking insulin. syncope (fainting) heart conditions (including atrial fibrillation and pacemakers) sleep apnoea.

What is a medical driving assessment? ›

There are two different types of driver assessments: Detailed driving assessments for people with a medical condition or disability which affects their driving, or who are returning to driving after an accident or injury, are provided by Driving Mobility Centres.

Do you have to send your old driving licence back to DVLA? ›

Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, When a driver changes their address on a driving license, they are asked to cut the previous license in half and return it to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZW.

Can I still drive if my photo has expired on my driving licence? ›

The expiry date of your photocard licence is shown on the front of the photocard at section 4b. If your licence has expired, you should not drive until you have applied to renew the licence. Although the DVLA routinely send out reminders to drivers, it is not a defence to say that you did not receive a reminder.

What happens if you don't renew a photocard licence? ›

Indeed, failure to renew an expired photocard, can lead to a licence being revoked. This can possibly occur where the police need to issue a fixed penalty notice, but the driver's address has also changed during the ten year period and DVLA has not been informed.

How much is it to renew license 2022? ›

Driver's license renewal costs

One year and one day to two years – P150. More than two years – P225.

How long are driving license renewals currently taking? ›

We will send off your application electronically, and you should have your new licence within 3 weeks. We'll also take your old driving licence and send it back to the DVLA for you.

How long are the DVLA taking to renew driving Licences? ›

If you apply online, you should receive your driving licence or vehicle registration certificate (V5C) within 5 days. Here are some of our most popular online services: Apply for a driving licence.

What do I need to renew my driver's license? ›

What you should do
  1. Identity document (ID) and a copy of your ID, old driving licence card or valid South African passport.
  2. Four black-and-white ID photographs (before you have photographs taken confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require)
  3. Proof of residential address e.g. utility account.

How long does it take to get my driving licence back from DVLA 2022? ›

The DVA aims to process your licence within 10 working days of receiving a fully filled in application. This may take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked. Allow at least four weeks for your driving licence to arrive before contacting the DVA.

Can I renew my driving licence online without a UK passport? ›

If you want to renew your driving licence online, you need to have a valid British passport. There are also other exclusions that apply and you won't be able to go ahead renewing your licence online if: You have changed your name- you will need to apply by post. You are trying to renew your 5 year bus or lorry licence.

Can you wear glasses in driving licence photo UK? ›

Glasses. Whilst you are allowed to wear your glasses when taking your driving licence photo, it is best to take them off as the glass can cause glare and/or reflections in the photo, and as your eyes must be fully visible it is best to avoid this.

How do I look pretty in my license picture? ›

Photo requirements
  1. Sit up straight and look directly at the camera with your eyes open.
  2. Don't smile – have a neutral expression on your face and have your mouth closed.
  3. Remove all glasses or sunglasses, even if you need your glasses to drive.
  4. Make sure your hair isn't covering your face, particularly your eyes.

What does the new UK driving licence look like 2022? ›

The Royal Crest is visible on the front. The driver number has been left justified and is now in line with the other text. The secondary image of the licence holder is now located on the front of the card. The OVI (colour shifting ink) design has been reinstated and updated to the back of the licence.

What color is best for driver's license photo? ›

Try to stick with a soft color, such as blue, green or pink. You can wear black or white if they are not solids, and there are other colors mixed in. You should avoid wearing tee shirts with slogans or pictures.

Do you have to book online to renew your driving licence? ›

All Gauteng residents must apply for their renewal online by visiting online.natis.gov.za. You can download all the application forms on this website too, but keep in mind that a limited number of slots open up for bookings every day.

Can you renew driving licence online? ›

You can now renew your drivers license online, pay using mobile money services of your choice and print your renewal slip....

Can I renew driver's license online? ›

Fret not, online renewal of driver's license is now a thing. Thanks to a government mandate, government-issued identification cards, and other applications can now be accomplished online. Despite being online, there are still a few things to take care of in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) nearest to your place.

Can I renew my over 70 driving licence online without a passport? ›

You'll need a valid UK passport to renew your licence online with DVLA . There's a different way to: renew your licence if you're 70 or over. renew a 5-year bus or lorry licence.

How much does it cost to renew a drivers license 2022? ›

If you reside in Gauteng or parts of the Eastern Cape Metropolitans where this is applicable, unfortunately, you'll need to use the online licence booking system known as NaTis. There is now an online booking fee of R250, plus an additional fee of R22, which goes to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

How much is renewing a drivers license? ›

It will cost motorists a total of R250 to renew their credit card format driving licences in Gauteng. That was the official pronouncement by Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson Simon Zwane on Thursday.

How can I renew my driving licence online? ›

All Gauteng residents must apply for their renewal online by visiting online.natis.gov.za. You can download all the application forms on this website too, but keep in mind that a limited number of slots open up for bookings every day.

Is it necessary for senior citizens to make an appointment to renew their passport? ›

Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines

You don't have to worry about scheduling a passport appointment if you are a senior citizen, pregnant woman, solo parent, a minor (7 years old or younger), PWD, or OFW, since the DFA has a courtesy lane for you.

Where can I get a photo for my driving licence? ›

For just £4.50, selected Post Office branches can take your photo to DVLA standards, check through your application, and send it securely to DVLA. If your name or title has changed then you will need to apply direct to DVLA online (opens in new window) or via a D1 'Application for a driving licence' form by post.

Can I take my own photo for driving licence UK? ›

The photo must be: printed to a high quality, such as photos printed by a booth or studio (photographs printed at home are unlikely to be of a high enough quality) taken within the last month, a true likeness of you and of your full head. in colour, not black and white, against a light grey or cream background.

Videos

1. How To Renew Your Driving Licence
(Josh The Driving Instructor)
2. Uniform Tax Rebate And Over 70s Driving Licence Renewal Websites
(Romance Scammers And Online Scams)
3. UK Driving Licence Renewal Beware Of Categories Being Missed Off
(Cheshire Cars)
4. How to renew UK DRIVING LICENCE! Online step by step tutorial
(DAD DELIVERS Vlog)
5. Something To Be Aware of With... Your UK Driving Licence
(Carefree Caravanning & Motorhoming)
6. Should drivers over the age of 70 have to retake their driving tests?
(The Cat Media UK)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Lidia Grady

Last Updated: 12/26/2022

Views: 5880

Rating: 4.4 / 5 (45 voted)

Reviews: 92% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Lidia Grady

Birthday: 1992-01-22

Address: Suite 493 356 Dale Fall, New Wanda, RI 52485

Phone: +29914464387516

Job: Customer Engineer

Hobby: Cryptography, Writing, Dowsing, Stand-up comedy, Calligraphy, Web surfing, Ghost hunting

Introduction: My name is Lidia Grady, I am a thankful, fine, glamorous, lucky, lively, pleasant, shiny person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.