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Updating and Applying for a licence


How to get your licence back after being disqualified

When your disqualification period is over, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), will automatically send to you the necessary application forms to re-apply for the return of your driving licence. This will also remove any expired endorsements that have been on your licence.

Applying for your driving licence after your disqualification has ended

If you are a paper driving licence holder you will be automatically sent a D27 and D750 reminder application forms, 56 days before the period of disqualification ends. You must complete these application forms ensuring that all the relevant questions are answered. You will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and enclose the appropriate fee.

If you are a photocard driving licence holder you will only be sent a D27 application form, 56 days before the period of disqualification ends. You must complete the D27 application form ensuring that all the relevant questions are answered and return it with the appropriate fee. There will be no need to enclose any identification or photograph.

If, however, your name has changed since your last licence was issued you must complete the D1 application form (available from most Post OfficeŽ branches), along with the D27. You must also enclose original documentation confirming your change of name and the appropriate fee. There is no need to supply a new photograph.

What to do if your forms are not received

If, 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 OfficeŽ branches.

Where to send your completed application forms

Send your completed application with your paper driving licence or photocard driving licence with the D740 paper counterpart to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AB or you may be able to use the Post OfficeŽ checking service.

DVLA 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. You will need to wait for your new licence to be issued before driving. Please allow at least three weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.

Medical enquiries

The DVLA will make medical enquiries if you have:

i) 87.5 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, or

ii) 200 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, or

iii) 267.5 milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine

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