Just click on the questions below to be taken to the answer, or just scroll down to learn all about driving licences. If I’ve missed anything, please contact me and I’ll give you an answer, then add it to this page.
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. I’ve listed them all on my driving blog.
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.