Once you reach the age of 70, your licence expires – but this doesn’t automatically mean you have to stop driving. You just need to renew your driving licence if you want to continue and then every 3 years afterwards.
The DVLA will send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday. Renewal is free of charge.
If you have a photocard licence
To renew, just fill in the form and return it to the DVLA with both parts of your current driving licence – the photocard and its paper counterpart.
You may also need to include a new passport-type photo – the form will tell you if you need to do this.
If you have a paper licence
To renew, fill in the form and enclose your current licence, a passport-type photo, and an original document showing proof of your identity.
This could be your passport, the official letter confirming your eligibility for the State Pension, or your biometric residence permit (formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals).
You can also renew your licence using the GOV UK website. You’ll have to register and you’ll be given step-by-step instructions on how to renew.
If you don’t receive an application form
In the unlikely event that the DVLA doesn’t send you an application form:
- call the DVLA form ordering service on 0300 790 6801
- order a D1 form online
- or go to the Post Office and ask for a D1 form ‘Application for a Driving Licence’