Everything you need to know before renewing your driving licence

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Do you know how to renew your driving licence? The process is easy to follow, but the rules are different for over-70s. Make sure you have everything you need to renew your driving licence online, in person or by post.

If your driving licence expired between February 1 and December 31, 2020, you were automatically given an 11-month extension on your licence.

However, for the last people affected by this extension, that window is closing, and it’s time to get your driving licence renewed.

Renewing your driving licence is fairly straightforward and can be done online with very little hassle.

However you need to make sure you have everything you need before renewing your licence, and you’re aware of the different rules for your age group if you are over 70 years old.

What do you need before you renew your driving licence?

According to the Government website, before you renew your licence you will need:

  • A valid UK passport
  • To be a resident of Great Britain – there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
  • To pay £14 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card (although there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence)
  • Addresses of where you’ve lived over the last three years
  • Your current driving licence (unless you’ve lost it, which you can explain in the application)
  • Your National Insurance number if you know it
  • No current disqualifications from driving

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How to renew your driving licence at 70 online

If you are over 70 or are celebrating your 70th birthday in the next 90 days, you can renew your driving licence for free.

Don’t forget once you are aged over 70, you need to renew your licence more often: every three years.

If you apply for your new driving licence online, and you’re over 70, the GOV.UK site says your licence should arrive within one week.

You can drive while you’re waiting for your new licence to arrive, as long as there is no medical or legal reason you shouldn’t.

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How can you renew your driving licence in person?

If you’d prefer not to renew your licence online, you can apply at certain branches of the post office.

Once you receive a reminder letter from the DVLA to renew your driving licence, go to a branch of the Post Office offering driving licence renewal.

You’ll need to bring along your old photocard and have £21.50 to pay.

If you don’t have a renewal letter, you can still apply for a new driving licence at the post office with your old photocard driving licence.

You can also apply by post if you request a pack of D1 forms, however, this could take longer.

You’ll need to fill out the forms, supply a passport photo, your old licence and a cheque for £17 payable to DVLA.

For all the information on renewing your driving licence, head to the GOV.UK website.

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