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How do I Apply for a New Licence?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 6 May 2017 | 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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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
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?
Peachtree - 19-Oct-15 @ 10:16 AM
@Oz. 12 months after arriving in the UK would make sense - 12 months after driving in the UK would be difficult to police/administrate.
YourDrivingLicence - 22-Oct-14 @ 11:13 AM
Hi, I returned to the UK from Australia last Oct 2013 with an Australian Driving Licence. However I didn't buy a car until July 2014. My Question is do I have to exchange my licence 12 months after arriving in the UK or 12 months after first driving in the UK - Cheers.
Oz - 20-Oct-14 @ 12:03 PM
@mag. Follow the instructions for renewing your driving licence at 70 on the government website here
YourDrivingLicence - 15-Oct-14 @ 2:00 PM
I have not driven for over a year as my daughter was very ill and died this year.I would now like to drive again and don't know how to renew my photo card and licence.My licence ran out in Oct 2013I am 70 Can you help please
mag - 11-Oct-14 @ 11:46 AM
@nick. You need your renewal letter and both parts of your driving licence. Here is a link to the relevant post office page for more information.
YourDrivingLicence - 25-Sep-14 @ 1:48 PM
my photo driving lisence has expired, what paperwork do i need to take topost office
nick - 24-Sep-14 @ 2:53 PM
@Min. It sounds like it is the photo part of your licence that has expired. Your driving licence will actually expire in 2048. To renew your photo licence whilst living abroad is more difficult than if you are in the UK (unless you have a UK address that you can use in which case just renew it online and they will send it to the UK address) - so you will have to contact the DVLA directly and asked them how to proceed.
YourDrivingLicence - 16-Jul-14 @ 11:39 AM
I have just realised my driving license has expired two years ago and i live in Spain, what can i do please help, i dont know why i have always been looking at the back, although i did think it was a bit strange it expired in 2048.
Min - 15-Jul-14 @ 7:44 PM
I want to apply for a provisional driving licence but my UK passport expired last year and I do not have any other photo ID. What forms of ID do I need instead?
Nessy - 27-Jun-14 @ 3:10 PM
Hi , I am currently living in Geneva , Switzerland . and have lost my current uk driving licence which was not due to expire until 2018 and wanted to know if i could apply for a new licence from abroad as i would like to apply for a swiss licence but need to show a current licence to do this . Thanks
DAVY - 16-Apr-14 @ 10:42 AM
I have had my wallet stolen with my drivers license in but I am going to spain in 3 days and need my license as hired car - can I go to the DVLA in Swansea to pick a new one up?
Hels - 13-Apr-14 @ 10:39 AM
Had a pcv license company closed down did not finish my cpc becauseof fnancial reasons. spoke to dvla never got a straght answe so am asking 2 qustions a/ have a pcv license id not due to finacial reasons was unable to complete my CPC qualification in time for september. am aking as that though spoke and e mailed government body i would retain my D1 and DE1 on my license even though after changing addreses it was removed. Basically am asking if completed said CPC and Medical as Requied is expired can after completeing asked requirements go back driving again without taking drivindg tests, would i still be able to keep hold of license. b/ as above
louie - 14-Nov-13 @ 3:21 PM
I emigrated to Australia in 1988 and I had a full UK DL before I left I have now returned to the UK to live How do I go about getting a UK DL again Will they be able to retrieve my old details
Jaq - 25-Aug-13 @ 9:44 AM
for a driving lience can i use my birth ceritificate as i d as dont have passport
gem - 4-Jul-13 @ 1:37 PM
i dont have photo id can i use my birth ceritificate for id
gem - 4-Jul-13 @ 1:35 PM
IM 46 and my HGV1 licence ran out in feb 2012,can i still appy for renwal without taking my test again??
Andy - 19-Jun-13 @ 9:54 AM
am living abroad now but still want to renew my british driving license,i would like to know how do i go about this.please inform me of what i have to do.thank you.
Bob - 14-Feb-13 @ 1:45 PM
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