- DVLA Driving License renewal number is: 0300 790 6801
- Outside of the UK? Try this number: +44 (0)1792 786 369
- and….More information on DVLA official website driving licences page: https://www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla/y/driving-licences-and-applications
You can renew your driving license online if you have a valid UK passport. You can process your DVLA driving license renewal through your Government Gateway ID. If you do not have one yet, you can apply for one as part of your license renewal. Remember here that you cannot apply online if your title or name changed or if you are a 5-year lorry or bus license holder. You can apply by post if you are not eligible for online application.
DVLA driving license renewal must be processed every 10 years. You will receive a notification form DVLA if your license is up for renewal. Note here that there is a different process for renewing licenses if you are 70 years of age and older.
To renew online, here is a list of things you need to provide: a valid UK passport, your current driving license, your National Insurance number and your address for the past 3 years. In addition, you must also be a resident of Great Britain since DVLA does not cater to those in Northern Ireland and you must not be disqualified from driving. A fee of £14 must be paid through accepted channels including Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Maestro or Delta credit or debit card. The renewal fee is waived if you are over 70 or a holder of a medical short period license.
It takes one week for your new license to be delivered from the date of application. The expiration date of your new license will be 10 years from the date of application – not from the date of when the old license expires. With this, it is important to process your DVLA driving license renewal before the old one becomes invalid. Once your new license arrives, you need to send your old license to DVLA. You will be informed where to address it once you receive your new photocard license.
Note here that if you are applying online, you are agreeing to DVLA’s terms. You are authorizing DVLA to check your personal data, which include your National Insurance number. DVLA will confirm information you provided with other government agencies such as the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
DVLA will send a confirmation email to you once your application is received.
Additional requisites need to be satisfied when you renew your DVLA driving license if you are over 70. For one you need to pass a minimum eyesight requirement and you are not prevented from driving for any other reason. The minimum eyesight requirement indicates that you must be able to read a license plate from 20 meters away with your glasses or contact lenses. You must also meet a minimum eyesight standard with visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) on the Snellen scale. You need to process your DVLA driving license renewal every three years.
The same process of application applies for licenses of people over the age of 70.
Other Ways to Apply for a DVLA Driving License Renewal
You can also apply for a DVLA driving license renewal through the post office. You can find the nearest post office branch to you through their branch finder: http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder. The post office may also be reached through phone: 0345 722 3344.