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Renewing your driving licence at 70 plus

Your driving licence entitlement will expire when you reach the age of 70 and if you want to continue to drive, the entitlement will need to be renewed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Apply online

You can renew your driving licence using the DVLA’s secure online service, however you'll not be able to renew your C1 (medium size vehicles) and or D1 (minibus) entitlement. To renew these entitlements you can apply by post or use the premium checking service.

Apply in person or by post

If you are a paper driving licence holder you will be automatically sent a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday from the DVLA. Complete the application form ensuring that all the relevant questions are answered and enclose original documentation confirming your identity and a passport style colour photograph.

If you are a photocard driving licence holder you will  be sent a D46 reminder application form 90 days before your 70th birthday. You will need to complete the  application form ensuring that all the relevant questions are answered but there will be no need to enclose any identification or photograph.

If your name has changed since your last licence was issued  complete the  application form  and enclose original documentation confirming your change of name. There is no need to supply a new photograph. There is also no fee required for these applications.

To renew previously held C1 or D1 entitlement, whether full or restricted, or you intend to drive minibuses on a voluntary basis, you must enclose a D4 medical form completed by a doctor in support of your application.

Where to send your completed application forms

Send your completed application with your paper driving licence or photocard driving licence with the D740 paper counterpart to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AA or you may be able to use the premium checking service.

What to do if your forms are not received

If, for any reason, you do not receive the reminder application forms to apply for your driving licence, you can use the D1 application form, which is available from DVLA form ordering service, and Post Office® branches.

When to expect your licence

DVLA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.

When your licence is issued it will now have a number of added security features. One of the main differences being a laser engraved black and white photograph.

Please allow at least three weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.

Driving before your licence is returned

Once DVLA has received your valid application you can drive before you receive your licence as long as you:

  • have held a Great Britain or Northern Ireland licence issued since 1 January 1976 or another exchangeable licence
  • aren't disqualified from driving
  • haven't been refused a licence for medical reasons or for failing to comply with medical enquiries
  • wouldn't be refused a licence for medical reasons (if in doubt, check with your doctor)
  • keep to any special conditions which apply to the licence

Further information

You must tell the DVLA if you have ever had, or currently suffer from a medical condition that may affect your driving.

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