REPLACEMENT DRIVING LICENCE: After contacting the police you can replace a lost driving licence with the DVLA.
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).
The paper counterpart to a driving licence lost its legal status from the 8th of June 2015. Drivers do not need this part any longer.
It is best to destroy the paper counterpart if you still have one. But, you must keep the plastic photocard driving licence.
Note: There is also a Welsh language version (Cymraeg) explaining how to get a replacement driving licence.
Do not delay contacting the police if your driving licence gets stolen. To replace a driving licence you will need to:
- Be a resident of Great Britain and be able to provide addresses for the last 3 years. The process to replace a lost driving licence is different in Northern Ireland.
- Have no driving disqualifications (for any reason).
- Pay the driver licence fee of £20. You can use Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card.
You can apply for a replacement licence via the driving licensing online facility. You may get asked to provide your licence number, NI number, and the number on your passport.
Photograph for a Replacement Driving Licence
As a rule, DVLA use an electronic copy of the passport photograph. But, they can only use it for a plastic photocard driving licence if:
- The photocard licence will expire within two (2) years.
- You have a United Kingdom passport and it is valid.
The DVLA will inform you if your electronic photo is unsuitable or unavailable. In this case, they would send you a form so you can supply them with a new photograph.
There is a way to check the updated photo on your driving licence. Use the photo driving licence renewal service to view the details.
If You Find Your Lost driving Licence
You must return an old licence to DVLA if you find it after requesting, or receiving, a replacement. Give the DVLA an explanation of what happened and where you found it. If you find your old driving licence send it to:
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.
Applying for a Replacement Photocard Licence by Phone
If no details have changed you can contact the DVLA to apply by phone. But, you cannot apply by phone if either:
- Your licence is damaged.
- Your licence expires in less than 56 days (90 days for medical reasons).
Applying for a Replacement Photocard Licence by Post
- Use Form D1 titled ‘Application for a driving licence’ for a car or motorbike licence.
- Use Form D2 titled ‘Application for a lorry/bus licence’ for a lorry or bus licence.
Both forms are available from the DVLA form ordering service or from most large Post Office branches. Send the application to the address written on the form. You will also need to send the current driver licence fees with the form.
Note: Send the original documents to confirm if your name has changed.
Replacing a Paper Driving Licence by Post
You can use the same process to apply by post if you had a paper driving licence. In this case, you will need to include:
- The original documents that confirm identity for driving licence identification.
- A passport-style photograph.
- The paper driving licence (if it got damaged).
Note: Send the application to the address written on the form with the current driver licence fees. As a rule, it takes about three (3) weeks for postal applications to arrive.