Changes made to the format of Great Britain driving licences effective from 8 June 2015, have no effect on licences issued by the Driver & Vehicle Agency in NI. Northern Ireland licences continue to be composed of two parts, a plastic photocard and a paper counterpart.
Keeping your details correct
Informing DVA of your changed details will make sure your records are up to date and all future driving licence reminders are sent to your correct address.
If you permanently move to another country, DVA can’t register your new address on your Northern Ireland driving licence. You’ll need to contact the driving licence authority in your country of residence for information on exchanging.
When changing your address you’ll need to:
- complete the 'changes' section on your paper counterpart, sign and date it
- send both parts of your driving licence - photocard and counterpart document to the address below
When changing your name with or without a change of address you’ll need to:
- complete a DL1 'application for a driving licence' available from main Post Office branches or MOT test centres
- provide original identity documents confirming your new name
- enclose your photocard driving licence and paper counterpart (there's no need to supply a new photograph)
- send all your documents to:
Alternatively you may submit your application at any one of the following seven MOT test centres that provide a checking service:
- Londonderry (New Buildings)
- Coleraine (County Hall)
- Providing proof of identity for a driving licence
- Driver & Vehicle Agency identity checking service
- Test centre locations
Remember - you can only notify DVA of a Northern Ireland address changes. An address outside Northern Ireland cannot be applied to a Northern Ireland driving licence.
It's a legal requirement to notify DVA when you change name or address. You could be fined £1,000 if you fail to do so.
Updating your vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
Making a name or address change to your driving licence does not automatically make a change to your vehicle registration certificate or your vehicle record.
To find out how to change your name and address details on your vehicle registration certificate and record, please use the link below:
Informing DVA of a medical condition
If you develop a medical condition or disability that may affect your driving, or you already suffer from one and your condition gets worse, you must tell DVA.
Lost or stolen licence
If you’ve lost your driving licence, or you don’t have one or both parts of your photocard driving licence, you’ll need to apply for a replacement and notify any changes at the same time.
When to expect your licence
DVA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your completed application. It will take longer if DVA has to check your health or personal details.
Allow at least four weeks for your driving licence to arrive before contacting DVA.
Driving before your licence is returned
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
- 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