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Renewing your driving licence at 70

Even if you still feel safe behind the wheel, you’re required to
renew your driving licence when you turn 70, and every 3
years after that.

Do I have to renew my licence at 70?

When you reach the age of 70, your driving licence expires – but this doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop driving. If you want to continue, you just need to renew your licence. You'll need to renew it every 3 years after that. Renewal is free of charge.

Do I have to retake my driving test at 70?

No, you don't have to retake your driving test at 70, but you do have to make a health declaration when renewing your licence. And if you have a health condition or disability, you may have to have your driving ability assessed. 

Find out more about driving assessments

How do I renew my licence?

The DVLA should send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday.

Don’t forget to apply for any extra categories of vehicle covered on your old licence if you still want to be able to drive them. There might be extra costs for these but if you don’t apply for these extra categories you’ll only be able to drive a car in future.

If your licence expires and you don't apply for a new one, you won't legally be allowed to drive.

Renewing by post

  • If you have a photocard licence, fill in the D46P form and return it to the DVLA with your current driving licence photocard. You may also need to include a new passport-type photo – the form will tell you if so.
  • If you have a paper licence, fill in the D46P form and return it to the DVLA with an up-to-date passport-type photo enclosed.

Renewing online

It can take up to 3 weeks to renew your licence if you apply by post, so you might prefer to renew online instead. Register on GOV.UK and follow step-by-step instructions on how to renew.

Renew your driving licence if you're 70 or over on GOV.UK

What if I don't receive an application form from the DVLA?

If the DVLA doesn’t send you an application form, you can do one of the following:

  • download a D1 form online, then print and fill it out
  • order a D1 form online, then fill it out and post it to the DVLA
  • go to the Post Office and ask for a D1 form
  • request a driving licence application form from the DVLA.

Download or order a D1 form online on GOV.UK

Can I still drive while I wait for my renewed licence?

You can drive while your licence is being renewed – but only if you meet the following conditions:

  • you’re not currently disqualified from driving
  • you had a valid licence
  • your licence wasn’t revoked for medical reasons and your doctor says you're still OK to drive.

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Last updated: Apr 08 2024

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