Updating and Applying for a licence
Renewing your driving licence entitlement for larger vehicles, minibuses or buses at 45 or 65
Large goods vehicle (LGV) or passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) driving licence entitlements are valid until your 45th birthday. After that, you will need to renew your entitlement every five years until you are 65. After the age of 65 you have to renew your licence every year.
How to renew your driving licence entitlement
If you are a paper driving licence holder you will be automatically sent a D47 and D750 reminder application forms. You will also receive a D4 medical report form that must be completed by a doctor, ensuring that all the relevant questions are completed. These will be sent 90 days before the expiry of your driving entitlement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (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.
If you are a photocard driving licence holder you will only be sent a D47 reminder application form and the D4 medical report form. You must make sure the forms are complete but 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 also complete the D2 application form (available from most Post OfficeŽ branches), along with the D47. 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 applications.
What to do if you do not receive the forms
If, for any reason, you do not receive the reminder application forms to apply for your driving licence, you can use the D2 application form with a D4 medical report form, which is available from DVLA form ordering service.
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 1BR 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, personal details or driving conduct. Please allow at least three weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.
Can I drive before my licence is returned?
Once the DVLA has received your valid application, the law allows you to drive before the licence arrives as long as:
- you have held a GB or Northern Ireland licence issued since 1 January 1976 or another exchangeable licence
- you 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)
- you have not been, and would not be, refused a licence for medical reasons
- you keep to any special conditions which apply to the licence
You must tell the DVLA if you have ever had, or currently suffer from a medical condition that may affect your driving.
You must tell the DVLA if you have convictions for breaking rules about your driving conduct and any other convictions not relating to driving.