COST OF A DRIVING LICENCE: The fee will depend on whether you want to:
Get a first full licence or provisional GB licence.
Replace a licence that got damaged, lost, stolen, or destroyed.
Renew it altogether or change the name, address, or the photograph.
Add, renew, or remove an entitlement.
Exchange the driving licence (e.g. swap a paper licence to photocard).
Get the licence back after it got revoked or ‘taken away’ (e.g. after a disqualification).
How to get the First Great Britain Driving Licence
First provisional licence (e.g. car, moped, motorcycle): £34 online (£43 by post).
First full driving licence (after passing the driving test): Free by post only (£17 to use a different photo to the one on the provisional). First full GB licence in exchange for a full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence: £43 by post only.
Note: The cost of a driving licence is different in Northern Ireland.
Replace a Lost Driving Licence (damaged, stolen, or destroyed)
As a rule, the cost of
replacing a driving licence is £20. Getting a replacement licence is a requirement if yours gets defaced, destroyed, lost, or stolen.
Change Name, Address or Photo on a Photocard Driving Licence
The fees for making changes to a driving licence depend on what you change and whether you do it online or by postal methods.
How to Renew a Driving Licence
The current cost is £14 (£17 by post) to
renew an expired driving licence with DVLA. It is free to
renew a driving licence from the age of 70 and over (online or by post).
Note: In most cases, a photocard licence is valid for 10 years (unless stated otherwise). DVLA send a reminder to renew the photo before the current licence will end. The cost to renew an expired drivers licence at a Post Office is £21.50.
Renewing a Short Term Medical Driving Licence
There is no charge to
renew a short-term medical driving licence. The renewal can take place online if you have certain health conditions. They include a heart condition, diabetes, epilepsy, a sleep condition, visual impairment, or Parkinson’s disease.
How to Add, Renew, or Remove an Entitlement
Adding entitlement to full or provisional licence (e.g. to drive a bus or lorry): Free (by post only).
Renew entitlement to drive a bus or lorry: Free (by post only).
Giving up entitlement to drive bus or lorry: Free (by post only).
Note: If you want to change the photograph at the same time it will cost £17.
Exchanging a Paper or Non-GB Driving Licence
Exchange paper licence for
photocard with change of address: Free (online or by post). Exchange paper licence for
photocard with change of name: Free (by post only).
Exchange paper licence for photocard with no change of details: £20 (online or by post). Full Northern Ireland licence in exchange for a GB licence: Free (by post only).
Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence held: Free (by post only).
Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence not held: £43 (by post only).
How to get a Licence Back after it got Taken Away
The fee depends on why you had your licence taken away and how you got it back.
Disqualified for any reason (except drink driving): £65 (by post only).
Disqualified for drink driving and you need to
pass a medical exam with a DVLA doctor: £90 (by post only). Disqualified for drink driving and you do not need to pass a medical exam: £65 (by post only).
Licence returned after it got revoked under
the New Drivers Act: £50 (by post only). Licence returned after it got revoked for not handing it over to DVLA or at court: Free (by post only).
DVLA Driving Licence Fees in United kingdom
Last Updated 2022