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Claiming a drive test pass

Once you have passed your driving test (both your theory and practical are needed), you should notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to exchange your test pass certificate and provisional driving licence for a new full driving licence as soon as possible.

Beware of the time limit!

If you do not claim your test pass within two years of the date of your test, the driving entitlement, in which you took the test pass, will be lost. You will have to take and pass both parts of the driving test again for that category of vehicle if you wish to have it included on your driving licence.

Adding a test pass

Photocard Driving Licences

If you are the holder a provisional photocard driving licence you must complete the declaration on your test pass certificate and send it, together with your photocard driving licence, the D740 paper counterpart and the appropriate fee to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BJ.

If your name has changed since your last licence you must also complete the D1 application form that is available from DVLA's form ordering service or most Post Office® branches. You must enclose original documentation confirming your new name, but there is no requirement to supply a new photograph.

Paper driving licences

If you are the holder of a provisional paper driving licence, you must complete the declaration on your test pass certificate and complete application form D1 that is available from DVLA's form ordering service or most Post Offices® branches. You must also enclose original documentation confirming your identity and a passport style colour photograph. Send your completed application your paper driving licence and your fee to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BJ or you may be able to use the Post Office® checking service.



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