The cost of a driving licence
There are different types of driving licences in Northern Ireland. This page contains information about the fees for different types of driving licences and details of how to apply and pay for them.
Driving licence fees
|Licence type: first licence||Fee|
|Licence type: provisional to full||Fee|
|Car, motorcycle, moped||Free|
|Licence type: renewal||Fee|
|From age 70||Free|
|Medically restricted licence (one, two or three years)||Free|
|Expired car or motorcycle||£30.00|
|Optional renewal car (new 10 year period)||£30.00|
|Licence type: re-issue||Fee|
|Reissue after revocation||£80.00|
|Reissue after disqualification||£104.00|
|Reissue for High Risk Offenders**||£144.00|
** If you are disqualified for an alcohol-related offence and regarded as a High Risk Offender, Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will make medical enquiries before your driving licence can be re-issued. The current cost of this medical assessment is £179.50. This is as well as the £144.00 fee for your licence. Both fees must be paid by you at the time of your application.
|Licence type: duplicate||Fee|
|Replace lost or stolen licence||£30.00|
|Licence type: exchange||Fee|
|Full Great Britain licence||Free***|
|EEA or other foreign licence including Channel Island and Isle of Man||£62.50|
*** To exchange your licence for free you must produce a valid, complete driving licence. For example, if your current licence is a European-style photocard driving licence you must produce both photocard and counterpart if issued, or the cost is £30.
|Licence type: replacement||Fee|
|Remove expired endorsements||£30.00|
|Change of name and/ or address - you must surrender both parts of your existing licence||Free|
|Licence type: Goods Vehicle and Passenger Carrying Vehicle||Fee|
|First provisional entitlement C||£20.00|
|First provisional entitlement D||£20.00|
|Upgrading after test pass||Free|
|Renewal of expired licence||£20.00|
|Confirmation in writing of entitlement to drive||Fee|
|Certificate of Entitlement||£7.50|
Applying for your licence
You can apply and pay online to renew a Group 1 car and/ or motorcycle driving licence, tractor licence and a lorry, minibus or bus driving licence.
You can apply online to replace a lost, stolen or destroyed licence and to tell the DVA of a change of address.
You can also apply and pay online for a provisional driving licence.
Or, you can apply by post and send your paper application form/ payment to DVA driver licensing at the address in the link below:
How to pay for your licence
If you are making a paper application by post, do not send cash, bank notes or blank postal orders with your application. The DVA can't be held responsible if they go missing.
When sending a cheque with your paper application you need to:
- make your cheques or postal orders payable to DVA
- do not post-date your cheque, the DVA can't accept it
- remember to sign and date your cheque and make it payable for the right amount making sure that the amount written in words matches the amount written in figures
- on the back of your payment, write your full name, address, date of birth and/ or driver's number if known
If you underpay, your application will be returned to you for the right payment.
If you are applying online, you will need a credit or debit card to make the payment.
Return of supporting documents
The driving licence fee includes return of your supporting documents (where applicable) by second class post. If you would like your supporting documents returned by secure delivery, you should send an appropriate pre-paid Royal Mail Special delivery envelope.
DVA will not give 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.