The DVA is not accepting first time applications and any that it receives will be returned. The Driver and Vehicle Agency has suspended the processing of all first time driving licence applications until 22 June 2020. This measure has been taken following the Government’s decision to introduce measures to delay the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), based on advice from the public health authorities. DVA is acting on public health advice and is only able to provide a limited service to make sure the best use of limited resources. Where there are exceptional circumstances, for example, emergency workers and essential service drivers, DVA will make reasonable efforts to accommodate these customers. If you need a driving licence in exceptional circumstances, please resubmit your application with details of the reasons for your request. The DVA may need to contact you about your request. For the most up to date position on DVA service availability visit the Coronavirus (Covid 19) and motoring page.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
Following the Government’s decision to introduce measures to delay the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the DVA has suspended all driving tests until 22 June 2020.
You may still apply for a driving license, however, as these are paper-based applications and require the identity of the applicant to be verified, DVA may not be able to process first time driving licence applications within its normal time of 10 working days. The DVA will continue to review the position and will update it if the situation changes.
Apply for provisional entitlement for car, motorcycle or moped
You will need to enclose original documents confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the fee of £62.50.
Identity documents and photographs guidelines
Send your completed application and payment to:Driver & Vehicle Agency
Coleraine County Hall
The provisional licence has a green plastic photocard and a green and pink paper counterpart.
How to pay
Do not send cash, bank notes or blank postal orders with your application; the DVA can't be held responsible if they go missing.
- make cheques or postal orders payable to 'DVA’
- do not post-date your cheque, DVA can't accept it
- sign and date your cheque and make it out for the correct amount
- the amount written in words must match the amount written in figures
- write your full name, address, date of birth and/or driver's number if known on the back
- if you underpay, your application will be returned to you for the correct payment
Applying for provisional entitlement for larger vehicles, buses or minibuses
If you currently hold a valid full licence and want to add provisional entitlement to drive large vehicles, minibuses or buses, you must complete the DL2 application form and the DLM1 medical report form. These are available from main Post Office branches .
The DLM1 must be completed by a doctor and you should make sure that all the relevant questions are answered. The doctor will normally charge you for completing the report and those registered for VAT are also required to charge the current rate on top of their fee.
Following a change in driver licensing regulations, anyone who is under insulin control for their diabetes or has diabetes treated by tablets in the Sulphonylurea or Glinide class, may apply for or renew vocational entitlements to drive categories C1, C1E, D1, D1E, C, CE, D or DE.
There are three stages you need to go through when applying for or renewing the vocational entitlements shown above. Details of these stages can be found at the link below:
If you are applying for a passenger-carrying vehicle entitlement (PCV), that is minibuses or buses, a Basic Disclosure Certificate is also required. Further information on the Basic Disclosure Certificate is available at the link below:
You will also need to send a passport style colour photograph, your current driving licence and the fee of £20.*
* Payable upon application for your first provisional entitlement in category C and your first provisional entitlement in category D.
The address to send this information to is:Driver & Vehicle Agency
Coleraine County Hall
Return of supporting documents
The driving licence fee includes the return of your identity documents (where applicable) by second class post. If you would like your supporting documents returned by secure delivery, include the right pre-paid Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope with your application.
- Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will not provide compensation for any loss or delay resulting from the use of second class post
- DVA cannot guarantee to return your documents by a set date, for example, a holiday
When to expect your licence
DVA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It may take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.
You need to wait for your new licence to arrive before driving. Allow at least three weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVA.
If you don't receive your licence
If your driving licence has not been delivered within four weeks, you should contact DVA enquiries:
- email: email@example.com
If you don't let the DVA know within eight weeks that your licence has not arrived, you must apply for a replacement licence and pay £30.00. Follow the link below to find out how to apply: