Full UK driving licence guide
What you need to know
What you need to know
Getting your first full driving licence is a rite of passage, allowing you to drive unsupervised for the first time. Whether you’ve just passed your test, or you've been driving for years, it’s an important document that confirms you’re able to drive, and in which category of vehicle.
Here’s our guide to applying for, renewing, and replacing your full UK driving licence.
If you’ve passed your practical driving test, you can apply for your full UK driving licence.
If you already have a provisional licence with a photocard and you haven’t changed address, your driving examiner will send your pass certificate to the DVLA, and your full licence should arrive within three weeks.
If you’ve had a change name or address since you got your provisional licence, or if you have a paper provisional licence, you’ll need to take care of applying for your full licence. Follow these steps.
Did you know?
From March 1st 2017, drivers caught using their mobile phone will get six penalty points and a £200 fine. If you get just six points in the first two years after passing your you will lose your licence.
To ensure your photocard full driving licence stays up to date, you need to renew it every 10 years. It’s a simple process and you can do it online or by post.
You can apply using a Government Gateway ID - a secure account that lets you use national and local government online services. Don’t worry if you don’t have one yet - you’ll be given one as part of your application.
When you turn 70, you’ll need to renew your licence and confirm that you can still read a number plate from 20 metres away. There is a separate application process for this, and it’s a free service.
t’s important to keep your details up to date - you can be fined up to £1,000 if you continue driving with a licence showing the wrong name or address.
If you lose your driving licence, or it gets stolen, damaged or destroyed, you can apply for a replacement online. You’ll need a passport, or other valid form of ID to do this, plus a fee of £20.
If you’re from outside the UK but have a full driving licence issued in another country, you may be able to use it to drive in the UK. However, be aware of how long your licence is valid for, and the category of vehicle you’re able to drive, as this will vary depending on where your licence is from, and what it covers. For instance:
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