Driver & Vehicle Agency identity checking service

If you're applying for a Northern Ireland driving licence and you don't want to send your identity documents through the post to the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA), you may be able to use the checking services available at County Hall, Coleraine and selected DVA test centres.

Test centres that check identity documents

Identity checking for driving licence applications is available at the locations in the table below.  DVA Test centres offer an over the counter service only and applications must be presented in person.

Location Documents from
County Hall, Coleraine UK, ROI, EEA
Armagh MOT test centre UK, ROI
Ballymena MOT test centre UK, ROI
Belfast MOT test centre UK, ROI
Downpatrick MOT test centre UK, ROI
Enniskillen MOT test centre UK, ROI
Newbuildings MOT test centre UK, ROI
Omagh MOT test centre UK, ROI

Normal opening hours of test centre offices are: Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 12.30 pm and 1.15 pm to 4.00 pm.

County Hall Coleraine is open Monday to Friday from 9.15 am to 4.00 pm.

The central processing office in Coleraine may require original identity documents to be presented again during the course of the application.

Find details of your nearest selected test centre at the link below:

What the test centre checks

Staff will only check the personal details on your application form against your United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland birth certificate, marriage certificate or passport to make sure they are accurate, and return the identity documents to you immediately.

Any payment due with your application can be paid by cash, cheque*, postal order*, debit card or credit card at the counter. Your application will be forwarded to the central processing office in Coleraine.

* Cheques and postal orders must be made payable to DVA.

EEA, Gibraltar or designated country licence exchanges

If you're the holder of a full European Economic Area (EEA), Gibraltar or designated country driving licence and are exchanging it for the Northern Ireland one, you can leave all documents at one of the selected DVA test centres above. Staff will forward to the central processing office in Coleraine. These licences may take longer to process than normal.

The designated countries are: Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Provinces and Territories of Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Monaco, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

For more information about the identity checking service, phone:

  • 0300 200 7861

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, include a pre-paid Royal Mail Special delivery envelope with your application.

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 specific date, for example, a holiday.

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