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There are different categories of DVLA licences that would tell you what type of vehicles you can drive. For instance, a category B driving license would let you drive vehicles with up to 3,500kg MAM and can sit up to eight passengers. You need to have a driving license in order to drive various types of vehicles in the roads of UK. Provisional driving license is needed if you’re still learning to drive a certain vehicle, while a full driving license gives you the right to drive the vehicles under your license category without restrictions.
Applying for a Driving License
As mentioned, you can apply for a provisional driving license when you’re still learning to drive. You must pass theory tests in order to qualify for this. This is not just for those who are applying for a license for the first time. If you are adding entitlements or adding categories so you can drive other types of vehicles, you would also need to apply for this, before applying for a full license. The minimum age requirement to apply for a provisional driving license is 15 years and 9 months. It would state in your license when you would be eligible to drive other vehicles. You could apply for this license online by going to https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence. There’s a fee of £34 that you could pay using your credit or debit card. You could expect to get your licence within a week after your online application.
Another option is via postal application, which would require you to complete a D1 application form available from the Post Office or by downloading at https://www.gov.uk/dvlaforms. There’s a fee of £43 that can be paid through postal order or check. Send the form and fee together with your photograph that’s similar to what you use in passports and documents that prove your identity to the address below:
DVLA Swansea SA99 1AD
As a provisional driving license holder, there would be restrictions that you need to keep in mind. One of these is that you must be accompanied by someone who has a full driving license and had it for at least three years, must be fit to drive and must be seated on the passenger sit.
Once you passed your practical driving test, you could apply for a full driving licence, which can be processed within three weeks. The examiner will automatically send your certificate for passing the driving test to DVLA if you’re a holder of a photocard provisional driving licence; that is if you didn’t change your name. If you have one but changed your name or your provisional driving license is in paper, you would need to fill up the D1 application form, fill the certificate for passing the test’s declaration, give a passport photo and documents that prove your identity and send it to the following address:
DVLA Swansea SA99 1BN
Replacement and Renewal of Driving Licence
If your driving licence was stolen, you must notify the police immediately and apply for a replacement with DVLA. You may also request for a driving license replacement if it was lost, destroyed or damaged. This can be done through an online application. There’s a fee of £20 that you can pay via credit or debit card. In case you found your old driving licence after applying for a replacement, let DVLA know immediately and return the old licence that you’ve found. You may also apply by phone by calling 0300 790 6801. Do this only if your license was stolen or lost, but not if it was damaged. This is also not an option if your license is already about to expire in 56 days.
Renewal of driving license can also be done at DVLA’s site. Do not apply online if you have a 5-year lorry or bus license and if your title or name was changed. You must pay £14 for the processing of the renewal, although it’s free for those who are 70-years old and up. You should get your new driving license within one week of your online application. You may also apply by post by filling up the D798 form and sending it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DH together with your passport photo, photocard driving license and £17 postal order or check that’s payable to DVLA. Processing can be within three weeks if you applied by post.