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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.

Updating and Applying for a licence


There are different fees if you want to renew, exchange or amend your driving licence - or get a duplicate if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged.

Getting a first GB driving licence

Type of licence Fee
First provisional - car, motorcycle, moped £50
First full GB licence in exchange for a full European Community/European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence £50

Replacing a driving licence

This will cost £20. You must replace your licence if it’s been lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed.

Your replacement licence should arrive within 1 week if you apply online.

Changing the name or address on your driving licence

There’s no charge for this service. However, there’s a £20 fee if you’re a photocard licence holder and want to change your photo at the same time.

Renewing a driving licence

Photocard licences are only valid for up to 10 years, although you’re normally entitled to drive until your 70th birthday.
You must renew your photo every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder to do this before your current licence ends.

Reason for renewal Fee
From age 70 Free
For medical reasons Free
Bus or lorry drivers Free
After disqualification £65
If disqualified for some drink-driving offences where the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) needs to arrange medical enquiries £90
After revocation (under the New Drivers Act) £50
Renewing an expired driving licence £20

Exchanging a driving licence

Reason for exchange Fee
Add entitlement to full or provisional licence Free
Paper licence to photocard with change of details (eg, name or address) Free
Paper licence to photocard with no change of details £20
Removal of expired endorsements £20
Full Northern Ireland licence to a GB licence Free
Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence held Free
Northern Ireland licence with a GB test pass Free

Northern Ireland
The costs for Northern Ireland differ to that on the mainland UK

Type of licence: First Licence Fee
First provisional £62.50

Type of licence: Provisional to Full Fee
Car, motorcycle, moped if first provisional was issued after 1 July 2004 Free
Car, motorcycle, moped if first provisional was issued before 1 July 2004* £30.00
*If your first provisional driving licence commenced before 1 July 2004 and you are now claiming your first test pass, you will have to pay £30.00.

Type of licence: Renewal Fee
From age 70 Free
Medically restricted licence (one, two or three years) Free
Expired car or motorcycle £30.00
Optional renewal car (new 10 year period) £30.00

Type of licence: Re-issue Fee
Reissue after revocation £80.00
Reissue after disqualification £104.00
Reissue for High Risk Offenders** £144.00
** If you are disqualified for an alcohol-related offence and regarded as a High Risk Offender, Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will make medical enquiries before your driving licence can be re-issued. The current cost of this medical assessment is £179.50. This is in addition to the £144.00 fee for your licence. Both fees must be paid by you at the time of your application.

Type of licence: Duplicate Fee
Replace lost or stolen licence £30.00

Type of licence: Exchange Fee
Full Great Britain licence Free***
EEA or other foreign licence including Channel Island & Isle of Man £62.50
*** To exchange your licence for free you must produce a valid, complete driving licence. For example, if your current licence is a European style photocard driving licence you must produce both photocard and counterpart, otherwise the cost is £30.

Type of licence: Replacement Fee
Remove expired endorsements £30.00
Change of name and/or address - you must surrender both parts of your existing licence Free

Type of licence: Goods Vehicle and Passenger Carrying Vehicle Fee
First provisional entitlement C £20.00
First provisional entitlement D £20.00
Upgrading after test pass Free
Renewal of expired licence £20.00

Confirmation in writing of entitlement to drive Fee
Certificate of Entitlement £7.50

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