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14 January 2023, 19:59

Over 70s must renew their driving licence

Once you reach 70 you must renew your driving licence in the UK.

Renewing a licence is simpler than most might imagine, with the DVLA providing a free service to those over 70 or if motorists turn 70 within 90 days.

You can do this by post or online, just don't forget as you could face a £1,000 fine.

Around 90 days before your 70th birthday the DVLA will automatically send you a D46P application form. If by any chance you don't receive one and want to do everything by post you can get a Form D1 from the post office.

If applying by post, driving licences should arrive in three weeks, but it might take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked.

On reaching 70 years old you must renew your licence every three years, motorists can change their photos simultaneously. However, the DVLA has warned that motorists cannot use the online service to renew a C1 (medium-sized vehicles) or D1 (minibus) entitlement, as it must be completed by post.

If you complete the renewal process online you should expect the receive your new licence with around 1 week, postal applications typically take around 3 weeks..

If you have never registered online with the DVLA you will require

  • An email address
  • The addresses of where you've lived for the last three years
  • Your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • A valid UK passport number (if you want to change the licence photo).

The DVLA process can be accessed by clicking this link

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