Everyone 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.
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
If 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.