Keeping your driving licence up-to-date
Northern Ireland driving licences are made up of two parts, a plastic photocard and a paper part, known as the paper counterpart. You must tell the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) immediately of any changes to your name, address or your health.
Keep your details up-to-date
Informing the DVA of your changed details will make sure your records are up-to-date and all future driving licence renewal notices are sent to the right address.
Change of address
If you permanently move to another country, the 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.
Remember - you can only make the DVA aware of a Northern Ireland address change. An address outside Northern Ireland cannot be applied to a Northern Ireland driving licence.
Tell the DVA of a change of address and get your driving licence updated at the following link:
Change of name
You cannot tell the DVA about a change of name online. You will have to complete a DL1 application form and post it, along with the required documents, to the DVA.
For details of where you can get a DL1 form and guidance notes to help you fill it in, visit: Driving licence application DL1 - guidance notes
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, 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 the 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 can apply for a replacement licence online at:
The cost of a driving licence
For information about the fees for different types of driving licences and details of how to pay, follow the link below:
When to expect your licence
The DVA aims to process your licence within 10 working days of receiving a completed application. This may take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked. Allow at least four weeks for your driving licence to arrive before contacting DVA.
If your driving licence has not been delivered six weeks after you made your application you should contact DVA Driver Licensing.
If you don't tell the DVA within eight weeks that your licence has not arrived, you will have to apply for a duplicate licence and pay the relevant fee.
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 meet 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
You must tell the DVA if you’ve ever had, or presently suffer from, a medical condition that may affect your driving.