Once you reach the age of 70, your licence expires, but this doesn’t automatically mean you have to stop driving. You just need to renew your driving licence if you want to continue. You’ll need to renew it every 3 years after that. Renewal is free of charge.
Don’t forget to apply for any categories of vehicle covered on your old licence, if you still want to be able to drive them after you renew your licence. If you don’t apply for any categories previously covered, you’ll only be able to drive a car in future.
If your licence expires and you don’t apply for a new one, you won’t legally be allowed to drive.
The DVLA will send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday.
If you have a photocard licence
- To renew, fill in the form and return it to the DVLA with your current driving licence photocard. You may also need to include a new passport-type photo – the form will tell you if you need to do this. If you apply by post it can take up to three weeks.
If you have a paper licence
- To renew, fill in the form and enclose an up-to-date passport-type photo. If you apply by post it can take up to three weeks.
- You can also renew your licence using the GOV.UK website. You’ll have to register and you’ll be given step-by-step instructions on how to renew:
Renew your driving licence
You can renew your licence online by visiting GOV.UK
If you don’t receive an application form
If the DVLA doesn’t send you an application form:
- call the DVLA form ordering service on 0300 790 6801
- order a D1 form online or go to the Post Office and ask for a D1 form ‘Application for a Driving Licence’
- Request a driving licence application form from the DVLA
Can I still drive while my application for a licence is being processed?
You can drive while your licence is being renewed but only if you meet certain conditions. These include:
- you’re not currently disqualified from driving
- you had a valid licence
- your licence wasn’t revoked for medical reasons and your doctor says you are still ok to drive)