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The photo for your driving licence

When applying for a photocard driving licence, you may need to provide a photo. Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) can’t issue a driving licence until it's satisfied that it can confirm your identity.

Do I need a photo?

You must provide a recent colour passport size photograph if you are applying for:

  • a provisional driving licence
  • a renewal of your driving licence
  • an optional renewal of your driving licence
  • an exchange of your licence from another country*

The photo may need to be certified (see below).

*You will also require proof of residency - see information below for further details.

When is a photo not required?

You do not need to provide a photo if you are applying for a:

  • change of name and/or address
  • replacement (a replacement is a copy of your existing licence)

unless your appearance has changed, then you will need to apply for an optional renewal instead and provide a new photograph which you may need certified - see below

Certifying your photograph

You must have your photograph certified, unless you are required to provide, or choose to submit, a valid UK, or other EEA passport along with your application, or, are providing a valid GB photocard licence for exchange.

Passport holders from other countries must provide an authenticated photograph.

If you are in doubt about whether you need to provide a certified photograph with your application you can contact DVA on:

  • phone: 0845 402 4000 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)

The photo criteria

The photo you send will need to meet specific standards before it can be accepted for use on your driving licence.

Your photo may also need to be authenticated by having an authorised person sign the back.

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