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How do I Apply for a New Licence?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 3 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

I've been living in the UK for 6 months now (I'm Dutch) and I've just lost my driver's licence. What do I do to get a new one? Where would I go and what documents do I need? I've already applied for a document from the Netherlands which proves that I'm entitled to have a drivers licence.

(Miss Maritha van Overbeeke, 18 October 2008)

A.

Once you have lived in the UK for a certain length of time, you can no longer carry on using your foreign driving licence, and must apply for a UK driving licence instead.

The Rules on Using Foreign Driving Licences in the UK

You can use a foreign driving licence for up to twelve months after you have arrived in the UK. Once you have lived in the UK for twelve months, you need to swap your foreign driving licence for a UK driving licence. As you have lost your driving licence, you can do this before your foreign driving licence actually expires.

Applying For a UK Driving Licence

To apply for a provisional UK driving licence, you need to get a D1 application from the DVLA, which is available from Post Office branches and through the DVLA. The DVLA D100 booklet (which you can get from Post Office branches) offers more information on exchanging a foreign driving licence for a UK driving licence.

Along with the Provisional Driving Licence application form, you also need to send documentation that confirms your identity (this should be the original document(s) as photocopies are not accepted), a passport sized photograph of yourself, and a cheque for the £50 fee. This should be sent to the DVLA in Swansea, or alternatively, you can apply online on the Directgov website. If you have a UK digital passport, you can fill in the 9-digit passport number on the online or paper application form without having to actually send your passport to the DVLA.

Other accepted forms of documentation include a valid passport, an EC/EEA identity card (excluding those issued in Sweden), UK naturalisation certificates, birth certificates and adoption certificates (both of which must be accompanied by another form of identification such as a National Insurance card, P45, P60, payslip or marriage certificate).

You may be asked to take a theory test and practical test (which you must pass) before being granted a provisional driving licence, especially if the tests that you took to get your foreign driving licence were particularly different to those needed to get a UK driving licence. This should be done within twelve months of applying for a provisional driving licence to avoid having to use L plates. Once you have a provisional driving licence, you can get your Theory Test straight away, and you must then pass the Practical Driving Test within two years of passing the theory test (after two years has elapsed you have to retake the theory test if you have not yet taken and passed the practical driving test).

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My hgv licence as ran out my application to renew it is still at the DVLA, can I still drive my car on the said licence whilst the application is being processed. Thank you.
Eddie - 3-Oct-18 @ 2:49 PM
Mary - Your Question:
I had not realised that the counterpart licence had ceased to be valid. My photocard license expired in 2012. The counterpart licence would have covered me provisionally to 2026.Can I apply for a new driving license or will I need to take the driving test again?

Our Response:
You should be able to just apply for a renewal of your photocard licence as long as your main licence is still valid.
YourDrivingLicence - 6-Jun-18 @ 12:57 PM
I had not realised that the counterpart licence had ceased to be valid. My photocard license expired in 2012.The counterpart licence would have covered me provisionally to 2026. Can I apply for a new driving license or will I need to take the driving test again?
Mary - 5-Jun-18 @ 4:03 PM
My license was sent to an old address 15 yrs ago and I initially got in touch with DVLA but then life got on my way and now I need to get a photo licencse because mine has expired. How do into this??
Vicky - 30-May-18 @ 3:00 PM
My provisional licence expired in 2014.To get a new provisional licence to I have to apply from scratch or can I use the renewal process
Kerry - 4-May-18 @ 1:11 PM
vic - Your Question:
My driving licence expires end of august 2018 - what is the earliest time I can renew it

Our Response:
It's usually 90 days. If you contact DVLA they may send you the forms earlier.
YourDrivingLicence - 4-May-18 @ 12:25 PM
my driving licence expires end of august 2018 -what is the earliest time I can renew it
vic - 2-May-18 @ 4:21 PM
Hello. My aunt failed to renew her driving licence back in the1980s.Can she renew it now please?
Poogey59a - 22-Mar-18 @ 7:37 AM
Jacko- Your Question:
My photo licence expired 1 week ago I have applied to renew it yesterday can I still drive

Our Response:
You should be fine to drive as long as there is no reason why your licence renewal might not be straight forward (e.g medical reasons etc)
YourDrivingLicence - 29-Nov-17 @ 11:59 AM
My photo licence expired 1 week ago I have applied to renew it yesterday can I still drive
Jacko - 28-Nov-17 @ 6:04 PM
No I have no record of my license number which lapsed probably 30 years ago, only the last address. I have been driving since then on a Canadian license which I have used on many return visits of a few weeks each. Now I plan to return for a year and would rather not wish to have the bother of taking a driving test.
JR - 22-Nov-17 @ 12:22 PM
JR - Your Question:
I left Canada 40 years ago and have a current Canadian license. Have lost my lapsed UK license but know my last address in UK. I am over 70. I have a house and a car in UK and will live there for 6 months next year. Can I avoid having to take the driving test again? It seems the car insurance company prefer a UK license.

Our Response:
How long ago did the licence lapse and do you know your driving licence number? If so you could try applying on the normal, renew-your-licence-if-you're-over-70- basis
YourDrivingLicence - 21-Nov-17 @ 12:22 PM
Correction Of course I meant that I left the UK 40 years ago.
JR - 20-Nov-17 @ 5:24 PM
I left Canada 40 years ago and have a current Canadian license. Have lost my lapsed UK license but know my last address in UK. I am over 70. I have a house and a car in UK and will live there for 6 months next year. Can I avoid having to take the driving test again? It seems the car insurance company prefer a UK license.
JR - 20-Nov-17 @ 5:10 PM
Ted - Your Question:
Want to know if I can go personally to Swansea to apply for a UK Driving license?

Our Response:
We don't know sorry...it would be easier to phone them directly in order to find out.
YourDrivingLicence - 3-Aug-17 @ 2:04 PM
Want to know if I can go personally to Swansea to apply for a UK Driving license?
Ted - 1-Aug-17 @ 1:06 AM
Stu - Your Question:
My licence expired 3 years ago I've been living in Australia for the last forty years and acquired an Australian Drivers licence. I have now returned to UK and wish to renew my licence.I have a British passport (EUEdition) and still have my expired British driver licence. no.Emanu 411213 SJ9DM. It is not a photo licence. My passport no is. 544693813

Our Response:
You will need to apply for a new UK licence after using your Australian licence for more than 12 months here.
YourDrivingLicence - 5-Jul-17 @ 11:27 AM
My licence expired 3 years ago I've been living in Australia for the last forty years and acquired an Australian Drivers licence. I have now returned to UK and wish to renew my licence.I have a British passport (EUEdition) and still have my expired British driver licence.no.Emanu 411213 SJ9DM.It is not a photo licence. My passport no is. 544693813
Stu - 4-Jul-17 @ 1:08 PM
Bella - Your Question:
Hi I got a renewal letter in post for my provisional but I have lost this and before this I already lost my provisional I tryed renewing online but it will not let me renew online due to not having driving license number what can I do next thank-you.

Our Response:
You will need to appy via post or ata post office if you're unable to apply online.
YourDrivingLicence - 8-May-17 @ 1:52 PM
Hi I got a renewal letter in post for my provisional but I have lost this and before this I already lost my provisional I tryed renewing online but it will not let me renew online due to not having driving license number what can I do next thank-you.
Bella - 6-May-17 @ 11:01 PM
I have lost my licence so have sent off for a new one.Whilst waiting for it to come I am named on my daughters insurance and they have asked for drivers number.I have been online to find this and my licence says expired 2012.What do I need to do and will I get fined Thank you
Idiot - 24-Mar-17 @ 3:34 PM
What do I do if my licence is out of date and I have changed address ? I live in N Ireland ?
Billy - 2-Mar-17 @ 6:16 PM
forgot to renew licenceover 70 for 2 monthsI have applied for a new oneWill they issue one and will I be fined, ?I am worried they wont issue me with another licenceI have no eye sight or health problems
glen - 17-Feb-17 @ 7:07 PM
I have just realised my licnce should have been renewed two months ago I am over 0I have sent of an application to apply for a renewal will there be a fine and will they renew my liceence? THank you
GLEN - 17-Feb-17 @ 7:04 PM
Shaun - Your Question:
Hi there, my drivers license has expired. I have not been banned from driving or had any points taken off. how do I go about renewing it please? I need it urgently for work?

Our Response:
If it's just the photocard part of your licence (which expires every 10 years) you could try renewing online as long as you have a valid ten year passport (they use these for the photo element). If not, you should be able to apply via post.
YourDrivingLicence - 26-Apr-16 @ 11:13 AM
Hi there, my drivers license has expired. I have not been banned from driving or had any points taken off.. how do I go about renewing it please? I need it urgently for work?
Shaun - 25-Apr-16 @ 9:58 AM
mike - Your Question:
What do I need to do if I had been driving for 2 years. Then I got banned for drink driving when I was 23 for 3 years and now I'm 33.do I need to re.sit my test and theory.

Our Response:
Your original court order should give details of whether you were required to re-sit your test after the 3 years.
YourDrivingLicence - 7-Apr-16 @ 2:41 PM
What do I need to do if I had been driving for 2 years. Then I got banned for drink driving when I was 23 for 3 years and now I'm 33 .do I need to re.sit my test and theory.
mike - 6-Apr-16 @ 6:23 PM
I've just discovered my paper d/licence has 'expired'. I've applied for renewal online and have confirmation email to confirm that. Can I drive in the meantime and what do I show my employers to verify I have a valid licence to drive?
Chrissy - 28-Oct-15 @ 2:36 PM
Peachtree - Your Question:
I care for school buses that are voluntarily driven by parents and others. One of my volunteer drivers has a European licence - can she drive even though she has been in the UK for 10 years and still has her non-UK paperwork? I have seen a brochure which says anyone like her needs to apply for a UK licence after maximum of 12 months here. What is the situation as I have conflicting reports?

Our Response:
Yes, she needs to have a UK driving licence.
YourDrivingLicence - 20-Oct-15 @ 11:43 AM
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