and Applying for a licence
your driving licence at 70 plus
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).
to renew your driving licence entitlement at the age of 70 and over
you are a paper driving licence holder you will be automatically
sent a D46 and D750 reminder application forms 90 days before your
70th birthday from the DVLA. You must complete these application
forms ensuring that all the relevant questions are answered. You
will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity
and a passport style colour photograph.
you are a photocard driving licence holder you will only be sent
a D46 reminder application form 90 days before your 70th birthday.
You must complete the D46 application form ensuring that all the
relevant questions are answered but there will be no need to enclose
any identification or photograph.
however, your name has changed since your last licence was issued
you must complete the D1 application form (available from most Post
Office® branches), along with the D46. You must also 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
to do if your forms are not received
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
to send your completed application forms
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 Post Office® checking service.
aim to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of
receiving your application. It might take longer if we have to check
on your health or personal details. Please allow at least three
weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.
I drive before my licence is returned?
the DVLA has received your valid application, the law allows you
to drive before the licence arrives 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
must tell the DVLA if you have ever had, or currently suffer from
a medical condition that may affect your driving.