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Proof of Identity or Photographs you need when you apply for a Driving Licence

You need when you apply for a driving licence if you send a photo to the DVLA the link below will explain what is required
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UK passports and identification documents for driving licence applications

If you hold a digital passport - ie one where the photograph and signature appear on the same page - the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) can confirm your identity with the Identity and Passport Service. You will not have to send your passport to DVLA.

When applying online you will be asked to provide your nine-digit passport number, which lets DVLA confirm your identity.

If you apply by post, using the D1 'Application for a driving licence' form, write your nine-digit passport number and your signature in the 'confirming your identity' section of the form.

Proof of identity and photographs you need when you apply for a driving licence

Introduction When you apply for a photocard driving licence you'll need to provide proof of identity and a photo.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) can't send you a driving licence unless it can confirm your identity. You must provide original documents, because DVLA will not accept photocopies or laminated certificates.

The photo you provide for your driving licence must meet certain criteria. It may also need to be certified depending on the type of identification you are using to apply for your licence.

If you are applying for a photocard driving licence you may be able to use the premium checking services available at selected Post Office branches and DVLA local offices.

This guide explains which forms of proof of identity and photo can be sent to the DVLA to apply for a driving licence


Proof of identity and photographs you need when you apply for a driving licence

UK passports and identification documents for driving licence applications


If you hold a digital passport - ie one where the photograph and signature appear on the same page - the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) can confirm your identity with the Identity and Passport Service. You will not have to send your passport to DVLA.

When applying online you will be asked to provide your nine-digit passport number, which lets DVLA confirm your identity.

If you apply by post, using the D1 'Application for a driving licence' form, write your nine-digit passport number and your signature in the 'confirming your identity' section of the form.

Request an application form (form D1) for a car, moped or motorcycle.

The DVLA also accepts the following documentation as proof of your identity. Unlike the digital passport though, you need to send this with your application:

• full, valid and current passport
• UK identity card for foreign nationals/residence permit or travel documents issued by the Home Office
• UK certificate of naturalisation

If you have reached state pension age - currently 65 for men and 60 for women - you can provide originals of one of the following in your name:
• recent - within three months - bank or building society statement showing your pension payment and National Insurance number
• letter confirming your eligibility for the state pension - these have one of the following codes: BR2102, BR2103 or BR5899

UK birth and adoption certificates for driving licence applications

If you are applying for a driving licence, UK birth and adoption certificates can also be used as proof of identity. However, because they are not absolute proof of identity, they must be accompanied by one of the following:

• National Insurance card or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions containing your National Insurance number
• photocopy of the front page of a benefits book or an original benefits claim letter
• P45, P60 or pay slip
• marriage certificate or divorce papers (decree nisi or absolute)
• college or university union card or school record

If you do not have a birth or adoption certificate, or the one that you have doesn't show your full name or country of birth, contact your local registry office

Driving licence applications: how to prove your identity after changing your name

If your name has changed and is different to the one on the identity document you provide, you'll need to provide evidence like an original marriage certificate, decree nisi or absolute, or deed-poll declaration.

The details you provide must show a clear link between the name on your identity document and your current name.

Returning your identification documents following a driving licence application

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will return your documents by first class post - separately from your licence - within ten working days. If you don't receive them within this time, you should contact the DVLA Driving Licence Helpline on Tel 0300 790 6801.

If you would like the DVLA to return your identity documents by special delivery, you should include a prepaid self-addressed special delivery envelope. Keep a note of the serial number for your own reference.

The DVLA can't guarantee to return your documents by a specified date - eg before a holiday.


Photo criteria for driving licence applications

The photo you provide for your driving licence must meet specific standards. It may also need to be certified depending on the type of identification you are using to apply for your licence.

The photo must be:

• taken within the last month
• a true likeness of you and of your full head
• in colour, not black and white, against a light grey or cream background
• clear, in sharp focus, free from 'redeye' and shadow
• free of any reflection or glare from glasses
• in good condition, not damaged, creased, torn or marked

You must:

• face forward and look straight into the camera with your eyes open and nothing covering your face
• look natural with no facial expressions eg smiling, grinning or frowning
• have nothing covering your eyes eg hair or glasses frame
• not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses
• not wear a hat or cover your head unless for medical or religious reasons


Detailed examples of Good/Bad Photographs used for Drivers Licence Applications


Certifying your photograph for a driving licence application

If you are providing identity documents other than an up-to-date passport, UK travel document, European Community or European Economic Area identity card (apart from Sweden), you must get a suitable person to sign the back of your photo. The person signing your photo must also complete section seven of your D1 form.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) makes random checks on people who sign photocard driving licence applications.
If you are renewing the photo on your driving licence you won't need the photo certified.

The person signing your photo must:
• live in the UK
• know you personally (for at least two years)
• not be a relative

Suitable people include:

• a local business person or shopkeeper
• a librarian
• a professionally qualified person - eg a lawyer, teacher or engineer
• a police officer
• a bank or building society officer
• a civil servant
• a minister of religion
• a magistrate
• a local councillor, MP, AM, MEP or MSP
If you have come to live in the United Kingdom within the last two years and you cannot have your photo signed by someone who has known you for at least two years within the UK, you should take all the documents to your nearest DVLA local office.

They will sign your photo and fill in section seven of the application form. The DVLA local office will send your application and original identity documents to DVLA Swansea.



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