Are you approaching 70? If so, you will need to contact the DVLA to renew your driving licence if you want to carry on driving. Here’s all you need to know about how to renew and stay legal.
What happens when I reach 70?
All standard full licences will expire at the age of 70. You will need to apply to have it renewed if you want to keep driving. If your licence expires and you fail to apply to have it renewed, you will not be able to carry on driving.
Do I have to remember to contact the DVLA
No. The DVLA will contact you 90 days before your 70th birthday. It will send a D46P application, which can be used to renew your licence. You can also use the DVLA’s online system to renew your permit.
It’s important you have the correct address on your licence, or you won’t receive the reminder – plus you’ll be risking a fine of up to £1,000. Find out how to change the address on your driving licence here.
Do I have to physically retake my test?
Not at all. The renewal process is relatively simple. You will however need to reach certain standards to be allowed to keep driving. These are as follows.
You must tell the DVLA about medical conditions as they develop and not just when you’re attempting to renew your licence.
How much will it cost to renew my licence?
There’s good news here – unlike most things in life – renewing your licence will be free.
Will I be able to keep my paper licence?
No. It will be swapped for a photocard licence.
Will I have to go through the bother of taking a photo and sending it in to the DVLA?
If you’ve got a valid passport and internet access, you can apply online and use the photo that’s on your passport for your new photocard. We’ll explain how to apply online below.
Renewing my licence with the D46P application form
The first method is by filling in the D46P form and returning it to the DVLA with your current licence. You can do this up to 90 days before your 70th.
If you have a photocard you will may need to include a passport-style photo – the form will let you know.
If you have a paper licence you will need to fill in the form and return it with your licence and a passport-style photo. This method can take several weeks.
Renewing my licence using the online system
To renew your licence online, you will need the following:
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)
Can I keep driving while the DVLA has my licence?
You can carry on driving while your renewal is processed, if you meet the following criteria as stated by the DVLA:
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
When will I next need to renew my driving licence
Once you reach the age of 70, you will then have to renew your driving licence every three years!