As a lorry, minibus, or bus driver, you will need to renew your driving licence after reaching the age of 45. This section explains the process of lorries licence renewal at 45 years old.
RENEWING DRIVING LICENCE AT 45: The entitlement to drive certain vehicles changes after reaching 45.
You will need to renew your driving licence every 5 years to drive lorries, minibuses, or buses from age 45 to 65.
Lorries licence renewal becomes an annual process once you reach the age of 65.
As a rule, the DVLA will post two forms to you around 56 days before your driving licence runs out. The two separate forms are:
Note: Order a D2/D4 pack from the DVLA if you do not receive D47P and D4. Renewing a driving licence to drive lorries, minibuses, and buses from age 45 differs in Northern Ireland.
The D47P form will display a message if your licence application needs a new photograph. In this case, you would need to include a new passport-style photo with your documents.
It is not uncommon for your name to change (e.g. you got married). In this case you must also:
Follow these steps if you have a paper driving licence:
The DVLA try to send new photocard driving licences within three (3) weeks of receiving an application. But, it can take a little longer if they need to check any medical details or personal information. Thus, allow at least three weeks before you contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
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.
Driving Licence Renewal after 45 Lorries Minibuses and Buses in the United Kingdom