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Renew Your Licence at 70

How to Renew Driving Licence at 70

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.

RENEW ONLINE: Renewing a driving licence from 70 years old online at the DVLA is free of charge.

You can also renew an over 70s licence up to 90 days before becoming a septuagenarian.

Apply online using your Government Gateway ID to log into your account. You will get an ID during the application process if you need to register (or re-register).

Note: There is also a Welsh language version (Cymraeg) explaining how to renew a driving licence at 70.

Extra Information

You can renew your licence at age 70 and over using the driver licensing online service. It is for renewing a British driving licence if you are 70 or over (or will be in the next 90 days) and:

Note: Once you reach the age of 70 years old you must renew your driver's licence every three (3) years. You must use postal methods to renew a C1 (medium-sized vehicles) or D1 (minibus) entitlement.

When you renew your driver licence you can also can change the photo at the same time. As a rule, it will take around one week for your licence to arrive if you applied online.

Using the Driver Licensing Online Service

The system will need some personal information from you to register a Government Gateway account. You will need to provide:

You will get a confirmation email from DVLA once you have applied. They may ask you to take part in research by email. You can opt out of the survey if you choose.

Driving while the DVLA Renews Your Licence

Providing you meet all the conditions you can drive while your licence gets renewed by DVLA. To continue driving all these must apply:

Note: Read the guidance titled 'Can I drive while my application is with DVLA? (INF188/6)' for further information.

Renewing a Licence at 70 by Postal Methods

You can use the DVLA D46P application form to apply by post. As a rule, they will send this form as an automatic process ninety (90) days before your 70th birthday. Use the D1 application for a driving licence form if you do not get the D46P.

The DVLA will post some forms to a United Kingdom address. You cannot download some forms because they include features that do not print. For example, they may contain a clear plastic window to insert a photograph.

Note: You can pick up most DVLA forms from a Post Office. A postal application to renew a driving licence at 70 or older will take up to 3 weeks.

Renewing a Driving Licence at 70 (or over) in the United kingdom