Legal guide to UK motoring, sections for law enforcement, Driver licensing, learner and new drivers, buying and selling, speeding fines, owning a vehicle, wheel clamping, traffic information
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driving licence, replacing if lost, stolen,
defaced or destroyed
must replace your driving licence if it
has been lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed.
You can do this by telephone, by post, or
you may be able to use the Post Office®
to apply for duplicate photocard driving
licence by phone
the details on your photocard driving
licence have not changed or are not
incorrect, you can apply for a duplicate
licence by telephone using a credit
or debit card.The fee for a duplicate
licence is £19.00. The Driver and Vehicle
Licensing Agency (DVLA) accepts Visa,
Eurocard, Mastercard and Maestro. To
use this service ring 0870 240 0009,
Monday to Friday 8.00 am - 8.30 pm or
Saturday 8.00 am - 5.30 pm.
to apply for a duplicate photocard driving
licence by application form
can also apply for a duplicate photocard
driving licence using the D1 application
form that is available from the DVLA
form ordering service or Post Office®
branches. Send your completed application
and fee to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB.
your name has changed since your last
licence was issued you will need to
complete the D1 application form enclose
the appropriate fee and provide original
documentation confirming your new name.
There is no requirement to supply a
either part of your photocard driving
licence has been lost, stolen, defaced
or destroyed ie your photocard or D740
paper counterpart, you must apply for
a duplicate driving licence using the
D1 and return the remaining part with
your application. If your licence is
defaced you must return it with your
you are the holder of a paper driving licence
your paper driving licence has been lost, stolen, defaced
or destroyed, you must complete the D1 application form.
You must also enclose original documentation confirming
your identity and a passport-type size colour photograph.
If your paper licence has been defaced this must also
be returned. Send your completed application and fee to
DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB or you may be able to use the
Post Office® checking service.
you find your licence after requesting or receiving your
new duplicate photocard driving licence you should return
the old licence to the agency with an explanatory letter.
I drive before my licence is returned?
the DVLA have received your valid application, the law
allows you to drive before the licence arrives as long
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 reasons
keep to any special conditions which apply to the
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.
Check the history of your car?
So why do I need to check the history of my car? Well basically
so that you know that it is actually your car. 375,000 cars are
stolen each year. Many get sold on to unsuspecting buyers. If you
are one of them you will have to give the car back to its rightful
owner and the crook that sold it to you will be long gone with your
1 in 12 cars checked by the trade last year showed mileage discrepencies.
You could buy car that is worth a fraction of what you pay for it.
Over 450,000 cars are 'written-off' by insurers anually because
of accident damage. Many are written off because the insurance company
deem it incapable of safe repair. Make sure that you don't buy the
one thats been sneaked back on the road again.
make sure that there is no outstanding finance on your car.