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and Applying for a licence
your name or address on your licence
on the paper licence on how to change your name and, or address
on your driving licence no longer apply. The Driver and Vehicle
Licensing Agency (DVLA) no longer issue paper driving licences.
If your personal details have changed you will need to replace it
for a photocard driving licence. Current holders of photocard driving
licences must also notify DVLA if their personal details have changed.
driving licence holders
you need to notify DVLA of a change of name or address (or both),
you must complete a D1 application form that is available from DVLA's
form ordering service and Post Office® branches. You will need to
enclose original documentation confirming your identity and a passport
style colour photograph. Send your completed application to DVLA,
Swansea, SA99 1BN or you may be able to use the Post Office® checking
service. There is no fee required for your new licence.
driving licence holders
you need to notify DVLA of a change of address only, you must complete
the appropriate section on your D740 paper counterpart stating the
new postal address, sign and date it and send both your photocard
and D740 paper counterpart to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BN.
you need to notify DVLA of a change of address and or name you will
need to complete a D1 application form that is available from DVLA's
form ordering service and Post Office® branches. You must also send
original identity documents showing proof of your change of name
and your photocard and D740 paper counterpart to DVLA, Swansea,
SA99 1BN. There is no fee required for your new licence.
long will my licence take to be returned?
aim to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of
receiving your application. It might take longer if DVLA have to
check on your health or personal details. Please allow at least
three weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.
Can I drive while
my licence is with DVLA?
your valid application has been received at DVLA, the law allows
you to drive before you receive your licence back as long as:
have held a GB or Northern Ireland licence issued since 1 January
1976 or another exchangeable licence
are not disqualified from driving (there are different rules for
medium or large vehicles, minibus or bus drivers - the traffic
commissioner for your area will decide whether to grant your entitlement
to drive these vehicles)
have not been, and would not be, refused a licence for medical
keep to any special conditions which apply to the licence
note that DVLA no longer issues plastic wallets with photocard driving
licences. This decision was taken primarily to help minimise the
costs of issuing licences to the public. The agency has also received
numerous complaints from members of the public about the size of
the plastic wallet. Consequently many drivers discard the wallet
and use a different way of protecting their licence. Old plastic
wallets sent in to the agency cannot be returned.