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Applying for your Driver's Licence

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 5 Aug 2020 | comments*Discuss
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Once you have taken your Theory test, Hazard Perception test and the Practical Driving test and passed all three then you can - as a newly qualified driver - move onto the part of the process that most fully qualified drivers hold dear as being one of their finest moments: applying for their driving licence.

Applying for your full Driver's Licence

Once you have successfully passed your test you will be automatically entitled to have your Provisional Licence changed to a full licence entitling you to drive the same vehicles as you were initially entitled to on a provisional licence only without the supervision of another driver.

You should send your provisional licence along with the relevant form - form D1 - which is available from most post offices and from the DVLA (Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency) website and local offices - to the DVLA in Swansea.

You must also enclose the correct fee and two passport sized photographs for use on your new licence

Once in receipt of your licence they will produce a full driver's licence for you and aim to return it to you within 15 working days. However you should allow longer for this at certain times of the year.

Your new licence when it arrives will show that you are legally entitled as a fully qualified driver to drive a car and usually your will be entitled to drive any car or light van, with or without a trailer, providing the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) does not exceed 3500kg.

In order to Drive Other Vehicles you must first take and pass the relevant tests in their disciplines before you can legally do so.

You will be issued with the new style photocard - paper licences are no longer issued as a means to reduce the risk of fraudulent driver's licences. This Photocard Licence will contain all of the relevant details about you as well as your photo which is taken from the application you originally made for a licence.

Can I Drive while I am waiting for my Licence?

Yes you can: providing that you have not been previously disqualified from driving for any motoring offence or have been refused a driving licence for any medical reason.

You will have your driver number which was allocated to you when you first applied for a provisional licence and this number entitles you to drive once you have passed your test - and whilst waiting for your new licence to arrive.

Upon passing your test all the relevant information is passed to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) who will make note of it on their systems so that you may drive in the interim period.

You are required by law to apply for a New Photo Licence every ten years and also to provide a new photograph at the time in order to reduce the risk of anyone using your details fraudulently.

It is worth noting that you cannot apply for your full licence until after you have been awarded a pass for your practical driving test. The DVLA (Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency) will not issue anyone with a full driver's licence until they have received information confirming that you have indeed passed your test.

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I have just moved house and both me and my spouse applied online to change our address on our driving license. A few days later my spouse received a new license in the post but I received a D801/2(C) form. Can you tell me why I need to fill this additional form in when we both filled in the application the same please?
Emma - 27-Jul-20 @ 10:45 AM
I hadn't realised my licence was over due As I'm over 70 I didn't realise it had to be renewed every 3 years, now I'm sick with worry in case Im prosecuted
Vonnie - 15-Jul-20 @ 10:47 PM
Applied for my driving licence (70th birthday) renewal online on the 27th April 2020, revived my Application Reference Number, a few days later was sent(D801/2 (C)) form to sign and enclose my licence after cutting it up, sent all to DVLA Swansea SA99 1YW on the 1st May 2020, still waiting on the 8th June 2020.. tried the online DVLA form View my transaction only to find that my Transaction status still Awaiting Application Return Form. I do not know what to do as phone lines are for Critical workers only.
DVH - 8-Jun-20 @ 9:51 AM
I've passed my theory test online awaiting on lisence
Sal - 7-Oct-19 @ 11:36 PM
I have lost my paper license and have changed both my name and address twice, since I last had it. I have a valid passport that can be used to track my identity. How do I apply for a photo license please?
5ally - 16-Aug-19 @ 6:55 AM
My paper licence has expired, can i renew it from abroad? I am 69 years old
Florrie - 1-Aug-19 @ 10:02 PM
Hi I've just come off my ban and need to apply for my licence againumbers but during the ban period I moved address can anyone tell me how much the fee will be for my licence to get back with my new address on it too?? Also my disqualification was for reaching 12 points so I got a 6 month ban
Sherrie - 9-Nov-18 @ 4:31 PM
Hii got a confirmation of GB Driving Licence sent to me after i had my licence stolen when i lived in Spain . My original UK Photo Licence was replaced by a paper confirmation GB Licence with no photo . I have arrived back in the UK to stay and need to change my address and to get a photo on my driving licence what forms do i need to fill in or can i go online as my confirmation GB Licence says photocard expiry 2022 and the DVLA should have a copy
JAGUAR - 29-Sep-18 @ 10:10 PM
Ronni - Your Question:
I’m 61 and I’ve only got a paper licence how do I apply for a photo licence pls

Our Response:
You don't have to have a photocard licence. If you change name or address etc, you will automatically receive a photocard licence instead of your paper one. If not, you can continue with your paper one until you're 70 (when everyone must renew). If you simply want a photocard. There's more information on exchanging your paper licence for a photo licence, here
YourDrivingLicence - 3-Nov-17 @ 10:58 AM
I’m 61 and I’ve only got a paper licence how do I apply for a photo licence pls
Ronni - 2-Nov-17 @ 10:34 AM
Gail McKay - Your Question:
Hi, I've applied for my Dad's over 70 Renewal Form on the 13th September 2017, he is 79 on the 14th November 2017.It is now the 4th October 2017 and he has not received his renewal, I've tried to check on line but it's saying he is not eligible for this service yet I completed it all and have an email to prove it? Can someone please assist?

Our Response:
Sometimes it can take a while to be processed - the fact that it's not allowing you to do the online application suggests it has been received. Contact the DVLA and ask them about it.
YourDrivingLicence - 4-Oct-17 @ 3:21 PM
Hi, I've applied for my Dad's over 70 Renewal Form on the 13th September 2017, he is 79 on the 14th November 2017. It is now the 4th October 2017 and he has not received his renewal, I've tried to check on line but it's saying he is not eligible for this service yet I completed it all and have an email to prove it? Can someone please assist?
Gail McKay - 4-Oct-17 @ 2:58 PM
@Junie. How long had you held a provisional licence?
YourDrivingLicence - 30-Oct-14 @ 2:36 PM
I pass my full driving test five years ago, prior to that I had a provisional licence learning to drive On passing my test I received my full licence, Now I have received a notification to re-new my licence under the 10 year rule. WHY after 5 years, is the provisional and full licence counted as one.
Junie - 28-Oct-14 @ 3:36 PM
When I apply for a new photo licence, I'll also need to send the counterpart as well. If I am asked, while driving, to produce my licence: what proof do I have to show I am a valid driver? How can I reassure a narky policeman?
HopkinMorgan - 27-Aug-14 @ 8:00 PM
@Marky. Is is the photo part of the paper part of your licence that is out of date? If it is the photo part and you have proof that you've applied to renew it, you may be ok based on others' experiences here.
YourDrivingLicence - 4-Aug-14 @ 12:52 PM
My driving licence is out of date so now I have sent off for a new onecan I drive once dvla have received my aplicashion
Marky - 1-Aug-14 @ 2:51 AM
2005 I emigrated to Canada ,after a few months I went to Mississuagadrivers license office who asked for my U.K license, which they retained I was issueda Canadianone . \Now am considering coming back to live in England and would like to renew my ,by now, out of date license. It was for all cars plus motor cycle . Will it be possible to regain ,after the normal checks to get my license reinstated please .
dave - 26-Jan-14 @ 1:11 AM
Prior to my 70th birthday, do the DVLA send a reminder automatically, or do I have to apply for a form?
Joe - 23-Sep-13 @ 7:42 AM
My husband will be 70 in April will he still be able to drive his 7.5 ton lorry
sparkie - 26-Aug-13 @ 8:12 PM
Hi my dad is 79 this year, he has had a letter saying he had to renew driving licence. Does he have to take a test , or can he just renew this licence?
Ally - 27-Jul-13 @ 5:10 PM
where do i apply for my provisional licence???
shobin70 - 21-Jan-13 @ 10:43 AM
Have just renewed my driving licence on July the 8th when I was 70. It no longer has provision for me to drive a Minibus. How do I proceed to obtain a licence that includes a Minibus on it?
EPPY - 21-Jul-12 @ 7:30 AM
Shelly - she can apply for her provisional driver's licence 2 months before her 17th birthday but cannot start to drive until the licence arrives and she has turned 17.
Penelope - 1-Jun-12 @ 10:58 AM
My teenager is taking driver,s education. What is the minimum age to apply for your driver licensing?
Shelly - 1-Jun-12 @ 1:54 AM
How long does it take to get LGV provisional put onto my licence? And is it possible to fast track it?
Lozza - 28-Sep-11 @ 1:39 PM
I have lost my paper licence.How do I get a replacement?
roders1 - 7-Jul-11 @ 9:21 PM
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