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How To Renew Your Driver’s License Online In The UK

If you want to renew your driver's licence online in the UK, you need a list of steps that can be followed. Here we delve into this topic and discuss the step by step process for you.


However, it is to be kept in mind that the procedure can be changed any time. Thus, you must always check the official website of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or relevant authorities including the UK government.

Who Is Eligible To Renew Driver's License Online?

The first thing to know is who can apply for driver's licence renewal online. Well, according to the UK government’s official website, only those who possess the following documents can apply for online renewal of their driving licence:

  • Those having a UK passport;
  • Those having the document used to set up their online immigration status. For this purpose, they can use one of the following documents: 

    • Passport from a country other than the UK;
    • Residency permits with biometric features;
    • Residency card with biometric features;
    • National identity card.

Steps For Driver License Renewal 

  1. First of all, check whether or not you are eligible to renew your driver's licence online. Those who have been disqualified from driving cannot renew their driver's licence. 
  2. Visit the official DVLA website or the relevant authority and sign up or log in to your account.
  3. You may be required to verify your identity. For this purpose, you may be asked to present information about your existing driving licence, passport, or any other personal information. You may also need to submit supporting documents such as proof of address, your photo, and any other document specified on the UK government or DVLA’s website.
  4. Complete the renewal applicant form and pay the renewal fee. This fee is £14 at the time of this writing but can change. You can pay the fee using credit cards and get more information regarding payment methods here. It is also worth noting that the renewal fee does not apply to individuals over the age of 70 and those who have a medical short-period licence.
  5. After this, you will receive a confirmation of the renewal in the form of an official email from DVLA. Take note that you might be asked to participate in research by email. However, this is optional and you can opt out if you want to. It is pertinent to mention here that this confirmation can be used as a temporary licence until your licence has reached you.
  6. The new driving licence will be sent to your registered address. So, make sure that you enter the correct address. 

How Long Will It Take?

If you apply online, your driver's licence is expected to arrive within a week but delays can occur due to unforeseen situations.

Final Verdict

Now you know how to renew your driver's licence online and by following the above-mentioned steps in the correct order and uploading the right documents, you will have a streamlined experience regarding the online renewal of your driving licence. 

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