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Renewing your driving licence at 70 plus

Your driving licence entitlement will expire when you reach the age of 70 and if you want to continue to drive, the entitlement will need to be renewed by Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).

Be alert to unofficial websites offering online driver licensing. You cannot apply for a Northern Ireland driving licence online.

What happens next?

Approximately two months before your 70th birthday - and every three years thereafter - DVA will send you a DL1R: ‘application for renewal of a driving licence'. You’ll need to:

  • complete the DL1R form
  • send it to Driver Licensing, County Hall, Coleraine, BT51 3TB
  • return your photocard driving licence and counterpart
  • if your name has changed since your last licence was issued send original identity documentation to confirm this
  • include a new passport type certified photograph. which must be signed and dated on the back by either an MP (member of parliament), Justice of the Peace, minister of religion or a professionally qualified person (eg: engineer, lawyer, teacher, shop-keeper, librarian, local business person, local councillor, bank official, established civil servant, police officer or someone of similar standing) who has known you for at least two years and must not be related to you in any way.
  • the photo for your driving licence  

No fee is needed with this application.

What if you don't receive a reminder?'

DVA issue the reminders as a courtesy but If, for any reason, you don’t receive one, you can use the DL1: ‘application for a driving licence’. This form is available from Post Office® branches or local vehicle licensing offices.

Renewing your C1 or D1 entitlement

If you wish to renew your C1 or D1 entitlement, you must enclose the 'medical examination report' DLM1 completed by a doctor, in support of your application. This applies whether you previously held full, restricted or voluntary entitlement.

DLM1’s are available from local vehicle licensing offices, MOT centre’s or directly from the DVA by calling 0845 4024 000.

Please note: Your doctor may charge you a fee for the completion of the DLM1 medical report

Deciding to stop driving

There’s no legal age at which you must stop driving. You can decide when to stop, as long as you don’t have any medical conditions that affect your driving. Find out how changes to your health can affect your driving and how to give up your licence at the link below:

When to expect your licence

DVA aims to deliver your new driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It'll take longer if they have to check your health or personal details. Allow at least three weeks for your driving licence to arrive before contacting DVA.

Driving before your licence is returned

Once DVA has received your valid application you can drive before you receive your licence as long as you:

  • have held a Northern Ireland or Great Britain licence issued since 1 January 1976 or another exchangeable licence
  • have made a qualifying application for a licence
  • aren't disqualified from driving
  • haven't been refused a licence for medical reasons or for failing to comply with medical enquiries
  • wouldn't be refused a licence for medical reasons (if in doubt, check with your doctor)
  • keep to any special conditions which apply to the licence

You must tell DVA if you’ve ever had, or currently suffer from, a medical condition that may affect your driving.

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