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Driving Licence for Over 70s

Author: Jack Claridge - Updated: 7 March 2014 | commentsComment
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When a driver reaches the age of 70 their driving licence must be renewed.

If you wish to renew your driving licence at 70 you must complete the necessary paperwork and return it to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) well in advance of your 70th birthday. It is recommended that you do at least 90 days in advance.

The relevant forms you will need to complete and return are the: D46P (for paper licences) or the D46 (for photocard licences). Either of these applications can be sent to you prior to the expiry date on your licence and you should fill them out and return them including the necessary photographs and payment as soon as you can.

You generally only need to send photographs if you have never held a photocard licence. The fee for Photocard Renewals, is currently £20.

Change of Name

If you have changed your name since your licence was first issued - for example if you married or divorced and reverted to using your maiden name - you must make this known to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency).

Medical Issues

If you have for any reason been under the care of a doctor or consultant for reasons of ill health you must declare this to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). The DVLA can - if they feel there is need to do so - petition your doctor for information and if it is discovered that you have not declared any illness or condition which would prevent you from driving, your licence can be revoked.

If you are suffering from ill health that you should surrender your licence if the condition either prevents or makes it difficult for you - and consequently dangerous for you - to drive.

You must include with your application a declaration of your health status and if you are unable to do so - the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) may request information about your health without informing you.

Can I Continue to Drive?

Yes, you can continue to drive whilst you await the arrival of your new licence. If there are any circumstances such as a previous Disqualification to take into account, then you are not permitted to drive legally until the licence is returned to you. Driving without a licence while you're waiting for a renewal is permitted but you may find that if you are stopped by the police then the process can be slowed down while they check your details. Always carry your driving licence number with you.

You can pick up the relevant forms - D46P (for paper licences) and D46 (for photocard licences) from your local post office or local DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) office or you apply online via the direct gov site: www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring.

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I have just renewed my licence as I will be 70 in May, my old licenece is a paper one, do I have to return it or just destroy it? I have received my new photo licence.
lowey - 7-Mar-14 @ 2:12 PM
I have received a driving licence renewal form D46P.Do I have to send by paper licence and my photocard licence back or just the paper one?Also can I continue to use my photocard licence without renewing the photo?
Norscot - 3-Mar-14 @ 5:00 PM
I need to renew my driving license this year as I will be 70 in September. The website says I need to send my existing photocard license back etc but I still have a paper license. Will I need to pay the usual charge for changing from paper to card or will there still be no fee?
jeanbarb - 24-Feb-14 @ 1:50 PM
l have just renewed my driving license at 73 on line and thought it would be quicker,,,,paid £80.00 as requested not realising it is free,really got caught by these people department r.a.link solutions,driving licences.org.uk,princess way,swansea,sa13lw,,,,,,,
geoff - 21-Feb-14 @ 3:58 PM
70+ renewal: section 2 - I want to renew my Driving Licence, the options are to renew with a photo (or entitlement only), but the notes say that a postal application does not need a new photo, please confirm that a new photo is not required. I have a photo card licence which was renewed with a new photo on 27.01.10. Do I need to return the counterpart Driving Licence too?
cakelady - 16-Feb-14 @ 9:41 AM
dear dvla, I completed the online form to renew my licence at 70. Sent payment but have not had any response from you. I am concerned that you may not have received it. can you please help? J.McN.LIC. No.MCNAM404294J99GP 78
JOE - 11-Feb-14 @ 11:38 AM
When I received my licence on reaching 70 I was under the impression that it was valid for3 years. However i am coming up to 72 and have just discovered that my licence expired 2 month ago. I have applied on line to renew it and that was accepted . Will I still get my new licence and can I still drive whilst waiting for it .
laff - 31-Jan-14 @ 3:11 PM
I renewed my licence when I was 70 and now I'm going to be 73 early February.As I haven't had anything from the DVLA thus far, I wonder if it's up to me to renew my driving licence for, presumably, another 3 years?Can someone help please?
Pat W - 31-Dec-13 @ 3:19 PM
Like folkwoman, I too am having a problem getting a signature from a "suitable" person.Don't know any professional people personally, so what do I do now?
Caro - 12-Aug-13 @ 12:56 PM
Renewed my driving licence at age 70 last week. It now states that I am a provisional driver for 3 years.There is nothing on the new form or the leaflet sent to me to explain what this means. Can someone please help?
Buster - 10-Jul-13 @ 9:46 PM
My diving licence expiresin July 2013 I will be 76. I also will be away from home until October, and may need my licence but have no forwarding address. I can renew online but will have no licence until I return home, can I renewmy licence before July ?
Eddie - 8-May-13 @ 7:54 PM
as I am 70 with a renewed driving licence on line my new plastic photo licence tells me I may drive groups b be and fklnp am I allowed to drive light vans if so to what size ie transit or smaller many thanks barry adams
bazza - 28-Apr-13 @ 2:50 PM
Can you tell me where I can get the applications forms for renewing our licences as my husband and I are approaching our 70th birthdays.
Cathie - 25-Apr-13 @ 7:37 PM
I renewed my photocard driving licence last November 2012 when i reached 70 i noticed on my new licence it is only valid until o4-12-13 is this right i was led to understand that the renewal is valid for 3 years.Please advise
sneakers - 24-Apr-13 @ 4:15 PM
I am 72 and do not remember renewing my licence when I was 70, however I found that the Photo licence expired 20/02/2013. I susequently renewed both Photo and Paper licence. I now have received the new licence but the expiry date is shown as 28/07/2013. Why have they only renewed it for 5 months?
Graham - 22-Apr-13 @ 5:18 PM
do I need a new photo for driving licence .I have hadone for three years
sev - 19-Apr-13 @ 2:31 PM
do I need to send a newphoto this is my second licence iam 73?how much will it cost
sev - 17-Apr-13 @ 2:53 PM
I am 71 have not had a renewal notice
al - 9-Mar-13 @ 1:41 PM
My father has just renewed his over 70 licence and I am sure DVLA require the old licence back.Is that all required or is there anything else?Should it be returned in one piece or cut up?
scotty56 - 4-Feb-13 @ 2:43 PM
question; my mother will be 85 this year.Can she renew her licence,or will she have to take a retest
ace - 21-Jan-13 @ 12:45 PM
my mum is 78 and I don't think she has been asked to renew her licence since she was 70.What actually happens when we hit 70?I am worried about her driving.
AvonladyNew Forest - 4-Dec-12 @ 3:06 PM
I have received notification for renewal of my driving licence as my present licence expires on the 28 December 2012. I already have a licence with my photograph on it.I dont fully understand what I must do next. I am willing to complete my application on line. My health situation is identical to my licence renewal at 70. My health situation has not changed and my yearly health checks were satifactory, concernig type 2 diabetise, eyesight etc. Please
none - 15-Oct-12 @ 8:29 PM
my father is coming 75, and is due to renew his linence, does he need a medical or does he have to resit his test.
ratty - 21-Sep-12 @ 5:02 PM
I am 69 hold a full time job as HGV1 (agency) what will happen when i turn 70,I'm still pretty good at this job...if I wasn't I'd quit.
truct - 19-Sep-12 @ 7:54 AM
I am coming up for 70 and have been sent the form to renew my driver's licence. As my passport expired in 2010 and I don't expect to go abroad again I did not renew so I have had to have my photo taken again for licence. I have to have someone sign it. The lady in the post office said she would do it but then she realised she was not allowed. I went to the Nationwide Building Society who I have banked with all my life and they say they are not allowed to do it for anyone. I went to the library and they said they could not because there was not a librarian there any more. I went to the town hall and they phoned their legal dept who said they could not do it. I changed my doctor less than two years ago so they can't and if they could it would cost £30. Most of my friends are retired so who do I get to sign?
folkwoman - 17-Sep-12 @ 4:50 PM
Recently renewed my Driving licence as l was coming up to 70 years of age, just been made aware when l went to test drive motorise tricycle and they ask for my licence this is when they told me that l didn't have one. Please can you tell me why my Motor bike licence has been taken off my driving licence
hamish78 - 15-Sep-12 @ 2:59 PM
himy father is 75 and was not told about renewing his licence at 70 but i will get him to do so,is it true that after 75 you could get free road tax.
rak - 1-Sep-12 @ 1:02 PM
GRANVILLE - 30-Aug-12 @ 11:16 AM
I exchanged my UK driving licence for a French one as I am permanently resident in France. however I shall be 70 in November 2012 and when I make trips back to the UK I usually travel by air and hire a car in the UK. Am I still able to do this on my French licence when I am 70+?
Bryon - 20-Aug-12 @ 11:21 AM
My Grandmother, aged 89, surrendered her licence last year due to poor distance vision on the recommendation of her Opthalmic Surgeon and much to her distress. One year on, she has now been told that her distance vision has improved significantly and can drive again. Having surrendered her licence, can she just reapply or does she have to take a test? As her family we are concerned as she no longer has the reaction times needed to drive safely - in our opinion.
Peevso - 13-Aug-12 @ 3:12 PM
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