When You Can Use Specific Services for Driving and Transport

man-handing-woman-car-keys-mainFor all the UK, there’s only one authority that can take care of everything related to driving and transport, and this is the government. You can always can use their website for information about taxes, MOT, the date when a vehicle was registered, for issuing a new driving license, for changing the license plates and so on.

There is plenty of important information that they store in their system, and whenever you need to know what you have to do for selling a car or how you can pay your car tax, it’s best to look for their phone number and call them.

Here are some of the services that they provide.

Getting a License

If you’ve never driven before, you’ll want to have a driving license to be able to drive on public roads. Without that driving license, it is illegal to get in a car and drive around, and you need to be at least 17 years old before you can apply for one. You’ll get a provisional driving license, with which you can start learning how to drive a car – take classes and driving hours with a professional instructor.

Renewing a License

There are certain situations that require you to renew a license. Usually, the license is issued for 10 years, and you don’t have to change it unless something changes in your status. This being said, if you change your name or if you change your gender, you will also have to change the driving license. However, there are different rules for when a person is over 70 years old, so you’ll need to check out with the authorities what needs to be done in that situation.

Purchasing Plates

When you buy a new car, there are no registration plates on it, and you will need to purchase the plates. The same thing will happen when you buy a car, and you change the ownership for your own. You’ll need to notify them about this, apply with the right documentation and require new license plates.

Add New Categories

Learner-Driver-Reversing-420x215There are different categories for the driving license, because there are different types of vehicles. The category B is for cars, while for a motorbike, you’ll need the categories A1, A2 and A. For the moped, you’ll need category P or M. These are the simplest and easiest driving licenses that can be issued, meaning that these are easy to drive vehicles.

There are also the medium sized vehicles, but for these and for the rest of the vehicles, you’ll need to have a few years experience – how the specialists recommend as these are bigger and harder to dive. This being said, for the medium-sized vehicles you’ll need category C1, for the large vehicles and lorries, you’ll need category C, for a minibus you’ll need category D1, a bus requires the category D, while an agricultural tractor requires the category F.

After the D category, the person is considered to be a professional driver.

When You Can Change the Driving License

bsm_carDriving on public roads requires a valid driving license, and this can be obtained only through the responsible authorities for the UK. However, there are situations when you need to change your driving license because of different reasons.

For all the accurate information about this, you can use the specific contact number from the responsible authority in this domain, and they’ll tell you everything you need to know. However, we’ve thought about making a short list of when you can change the driving license.

New Address

If you change your address, you’re going to need to request a new driving license. It’s a common procedure as this gives the authorities the opportunity to keep track of the drivers, and along with changing the license, you will also need to have a new registration slip for your car.

For applying online you’ll need the driving license, to be a Great Britain resident, to know the addresses of where you have lived for the last three years, the UK passport or other form of identity to be valid, the national insurance number and you need to not be disqualified from driving. This is what is usually asked from anyone who changes the driving license, with just minor differences between the procedures.

The Name or the Gender

If you have changed your name or your gender, you will have to send the old driving license, with the right application form and any other requested documents that can support the change of your name or gender.

For the situation when you change the name, you’ll have to update the V5C vehicle registration certificate, which is actually the log book. There are different forms that you’ll have to complete, like the D1 for car or motorbike, and the D2 for lorry or bus. With these, you will also have to send the paper driving license and any documents (in original) that confirm the fact that you have changed the name or the gender, along with a photo if you have a paper driving license.

When You’ve Lost the Driving License

Malk_1If you have lost the driving license or your license has been stolen, then you should notify the authorities about this, especially the police. As in any other situation, for applying online, you’ll need to be a resident of Great Britain to be able to replace the lost license, and you need not be disqualified for driving for any given reason. You can also ask questions regarding licenses by a DVLA Contact. Apart from this, you’ll need a valid credit card because you will have to pay a fee. You will also need your valid UK passport and to know your last 3 years’ addresses, along with your driving license number and the national insurance number.

They will be using an the photo from your passport – an electronic copy for issuing your photocard driving license if it’s due to expire in two years, and only if you have a UK passport – otherwise, they won’t be able to access the photo.

If you don’t have a passport, you’ll have to send them a special form and send it along with a new photograph – a recent one.

Renewing Your Driver License

driving-testEveryone who drives a car has a driver license, and this is mandatory. The law in every country says that you can’t drive on public roads if you don’t have this license, the UK doesn’t make an exception. To get a driving license, you will need to look for the right authority that works in this area and ask them some questions to know what you have to do.

It’s very easy actually, and because of this, we’ve thought that we’ll help you out and gather all the needed information in a simple manner for anyone to understand. Here’s what you need to know about renewing your driving license.

When You Can Renew Your Papers

There are three situations when this is needed – when there have passed already 10 years since you’ve got the license, if you change your name (if you get married, divorced or if you get adopted) and if you’re over 70 years old.

The most frequent situation is when there have passed the 10 years and the license needs to be changed.

What You Need

For applying online, the process is very simple and easy. You’ll need to have a valid UK passport, and you also need to be a resident of Great Britain. You’ll need to have a valid credit card with which you can pay the fee for it – if you’re over 70, there’s no fee involved.

You’ll also need to provide the address of the places you have lived in the last three years, the current driving license – if you don’t have it, you must name the reasons why that has happened in the applications. Apart from this info, you’ll also need the National Insurance number and you need to be valid for driving.

The Time

It usually takes about one week for the authorities to send you the new document, but you’ll also have to send them the old license. The new license that will be given will be valid from the date when your application is approved by them, so keep in mind that the date might not be the same with the expiry date that you have on your current license.

There might not be any delays, except for the postal office to encounter some problems or if the system fails, which it doesn’t happen often. The license will be issued on time and will be delivered at the address that you have given in the application.

Personal Info and Data

If you use the online application form, you express your consent for them to access your personal data, including the National Insurance number. They will confirm the info with the DWP and the HMRC, and they will also send you an email for confirmation when you have applied.

Changing the Address

headerIf you want to change your address from the driving license, you’ll need to have the license and be a resident of Great Britain. You’ll also need to provide the addresses of where you have lived during the last three years, along with a valid form of identity or a valid UK passport, the National Insurance number and also you need not be disqualified from driving.

There are almost the same papers as when you first apply, but the difference will be that the license doesn’t have to be expired or you don’t have to have a new name. The license will be issued and it will be sent to you at the given address, with the correct address printed on it.