A driving licence is an official document authorising its holder to drive various types of motor vehicles around the United Kingdom.
DVLA LICENCE: You need a drivers licence to operate vehicles on the roads and highways.
DVLA is the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. They administer driving licences in England, Scotland and Wales. The DVA operate a similar role in Northern Ireland.
The police and local authorities enforce the Road Traffic Act 1988. The law states you need a driving licence for driving vehicles on any UK highway.
As a rule UK nationals do not carry identity cards. But, the modern photocard driving licence may serve as one in some cases.
A UK driving licence can meet the purpose of an identity card even in non-driving situations. For example it may confirm proof of your identity when opening a bank account. Driving licences might also verify your age such as when buying fireworks or alcohol.
FIRST PROVISIONAL LICENCE: You can apply for your first provisional driving licence online or by post. You get it from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea.
FULL DRIVING LICENCE: You can apply for a full driving licence after passing the practical driving test. As a rule, the examiner sends the pass certificate to the DVLA. It takes around 3 weeks to get a full driving licence.
REAPPLY FOR A LICENCE: DVLA can revoke driver licences (take them away) or you may need to surrendered. Check how to apply for a driving licence following a medical condition.
REAPPLY FOR A LICENCE: Check how to reapply for a driving licence if you got disqualified. A disqualification can be for drink driving or for other offences.
RENEW A DRIVING LICENCE: You can renew a driving licence online with the DVLA. Check the current cost, payment methods, and what documents you need.
REPLACING A FULL LICENCE: Check how to get a replacement provisional or full driving licence. You can apply online to replace a driving licence if it gets stolen, lost, damaged, or totally destroyed.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: There is no fee to change address on a driving licence in the UK. Check out the easy process for changing an address on a driver's licence online or by post.
CHANGE OF NAME: Getting married means you may need to change the name on a driving licence. Check how to complete form D1 and what supporting documents you must send to DVLA.
CONTACT DVLA: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency take between 2 and 6 weeks to process applications. Wait until the processing time has past before contacting DVLA.
DVLA Vehicle Registration Enquiries
Telephone: 0300 790 6802
Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm
Saturday: 8am to 2pm
DVLA Postal Address
Vehicle Customer Services
DVLA Swansea SA99 1AR
COST OF A DRIVING LICENCE: Check the current cost to renew, replace, or amend your driving licence. The section lists driving licence fees for the different types of licences and how to pay.
EXCHANGING A PAPER LICENCE: Learn how to exchange a paper driving licence for a photocard. You can use the online process or make the change by post.
ID FOR DRIVING LICENCE: Find out which documents you need for driving licence identification in the UK. In some cases you need to provide specific proof of your identity when you apply to get a driving licence.
LAW GUIDE: The list of drivers legal obligations includes having valid and current documents in place. Find out what the law says you must do before you drive a car or ride a motorcycle on the roads.
EYESIGHT RULES: What are the eyesight requirements for driving in the United Kingdom? This guide explains the DVLA legal eyesight standard for driving and for passing the driving test.
RENEW ONLINE: Licences expire when you reach 70 so you will need to renew a driving licence at age 70 or older. Over 70s driving licence renewal online is easy or you can apply by post using form D46P.
TOWING LICENCE: Check the rules for towing with a car licence and the meaning of Maximum Authorised Mass. Further information explains how your driving licence categories determine what type of trailer or caravan you can tow.
TRAILER SAFETY CHECKS: You should carry out certain checks before you tow a caravan, horsebox, or trailer with a car. The law requires you to tow trailers that are safe and legal.
CHECK LICENCE ONLINE: You can inspect or share your driving licence information online. It is useful to create a check code so you can share your driving record when hiring a car. It also shows what information DVLA holds on your licence.
Driving Licence Regulations in the United Kingdom