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How much is a new provisional driving licence?
When you apply for your first provisional driving licence the current fee is £50, which also allows you upgrade to your provisional licence to a full driving licence at no extra fee. Although the licence itself is valid until you are 70, the photo expires after 10 years. Before the photo runs out, you will receive a reminder from the DVLA to renew it at a cost of £20.
How to apply for a driving licence
There’s a few ways you can get your first provisional driving licence, the quickest being online at the gov.uk website. To do this online, you will need to have a Government Gateway ID and also one of the new biometric passports. If you don’t have an ID you can apply for one online, and it takes about a week to turn up. If you don’t have a new style passport, you will have to send another form of identity direct to the DVLA. If this is the case, you may find it easier to do the whole thing by post, all you need is a D1 form from the Post Office.
Driving licence categories
The 4 more common categories are A (motorcycle), B (car), C (larger vehicles) and D (minibus). Each of these has several sub-categories depending on weight, engine size, number of seats, etc. After these there are several others that cover lesser used vehicles like tractors, tanks and road rollers. Below is a full list of all the codes used.
01 – eyesight correction, for example glasses or contact lenses
02 – hearing/communication aid
10 – modified transmission
15 – modified clutch
20 – modified braking systems
25 – modified accelerator systems
30 – combined braking and accelerator systems (for licences issued before 28 November 2016)
31 – pedal adaptations and pedal safeguards
32 – combined service brake and accelerator systems
33 – combined service brake, accelerator and steering systems
35 – modified control layouts
40 – modified steering
42 – modified rear-view mirror(s)
43 – modified driving seats
44 – modifications to motorbikes
44 (1) – single operated brake
44 (2) – adapted front wheel brake
44 (3) – adapted rear wheel brake
44 (4) – adapted accelerator
44 (5) – (adjusted) manual transmission and manual clutch
44 (6) – (adjusted) rear-view mirror(s)
44 (7) – (adjusted) commands (direction indicators, braking light, etc)
44 (8) – seat height allowing the driver, in sitting position, to have two feet on the surface at the same time and balance the motorcycle during stopping and standing
44 (11) – adapted foot rest
44 (12) – adapted hand grip
45 – motorbikes only with sidecar
46 – tricycles only (for licences issued before 29 June 2014)
70 – exchange of licence
71 – duplicate of licence
78 – restricted to vehicles with automatic transmission
79 – restricted to vehicles in conformity with the specifications stated in brackets on your licence
79 (2) – restricted to category AM vehicles of the 3-wheel or light quadricycle type
79 (3) – restricted to tricycles
96 – allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer where the trailer weighs at least 750kg, and the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer is between 3,500kg and 4,250kg
97 – not allowed to drive category C1 vehicles which are required to have a tachograph fitted
101 – not for hire or reward (that is, not to make a profit)
102 – drawbar trailers only
103 – subject to certificate of competence
105 – vehicle not more than 5.5 metres long
106 – restricted to vehicles with automatic transmissions
107 – not more than 8,250 kilograms
108 – subject to minimum age requirements
110 – limited to transporting persons with restricted mobility
111 – limited to 16 passenger seats
113 – limited to 16 passenger seats except for automatics
114 – with any special controls required for safe driving
115 – organ donor
118 – start date is for earliest entitlement
119 – weight limit for vehicle does not apply
121 – restricted to conditions specified in the Secretary of State’s notice
122 – valid on successful completion: Basic Moped Training Course 125 – tricycles only (for licences issued before 29 June 2014)
Driving licence codes
At the moment there are 43 different codes that are used on driving licences. These are marked on the back of the photocard and the 3 of the most common are 01 (eyesight correction needed), 71 (duplicate driving licence) and 115 (registered organ donor). I’ve written out the full list and put it in a blog post.
How do I change my driving licence address details?
It’s a simple process to change the address on your driving licence, and it’s free. There are websites out there that will charge for this service, so steer clear and only deal with the DVLA. You can do it online using your Government Gateway ID, or by post. If you choose the post option, you will need a D1 form from the post office. You must then send it direct to the DVLA. Your licence will then be sent to the new address within 1-3 weeks.
How do I get a replacement driving licence?
Over time, there’s a chance you will misplace your driving licence. The cost is £20 and you can do it either online, over the phone (so long as you’re details haven’t changed) or by post using the D1 form.
How do I get a full driving licence?
This question has a very short answer…
Pass a practical driving or riding test.
Once you pass, the Examiner will offer to update your provisional licence (and take it from you) with your new full entitlement. The DVLA will then send your new one to the address on your licence. Alternatively, you can send it off yourself, but be careful, if you don’t do it within 2 years, the pass certificate becomes void and you have to sit the practical test again.