Renew your driving licence at 70 plus

If your driving licence expires between 1 February and 31 August 2020, it will automatically be extended for a further 7 months under an EU Regulation which came into force on 4th June 2020.

Renew your driving licence at 70 plus

You do not need to apply to the DVA for a renewal licence at this time or take any other action.  However if you have already applied for and received a renewal licence, it remains valid.

If you have made an application to renew a licence which expires during this period, it may be returned to you.  The DVA will issue you with a reminder notice when the temporary extension period is coming to an end.

Differences between NI and GB licences

Changes made to the format of the Great Britain driving licences from 8 June 2015 have no affect on licences from the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland. NI licences are still made up of two parts, a plastic photocard and paper part which is known as the paper counterpart.

Licence period

Driving licences sent to applicants aged 70 years or over will normally be valid for up to three years. If you wish to continue driving, you must renew your licence.

No charge

There is no fee if your application is made no more than two months before the expiry of your present licence, or if you're applying to renew an expired licence.  ('Expiry' and 'expired' means when the date at 4B on the plastic card part of your driving licence has passed.)

You'll get a renewal notice

About two months before your present licence expires, the DVA will send you a renewal notice called 'Application for renewal of a driving licence' (DL1R).

Renew online

Once you've got your renewal notice, you can apply to renew your car, motorcycle and tractor driving licence online at the link below. During the process you'll be asked to provide a digital photo of yourself. By following the digital photo guidelines at the link below, you'll avoid your application being delayed:

The benefit of renewing online is that you'll get your driving licence much sooner than if you renew by post.

Be alert to unofficial websites offering online driver licensing. 

If you don't receive a renewal notice

The DVA send out reminders to renew your driving licence as a courtesy but are not required to let a driver know that their licence is due to expire.   

If, for any reason, you don’t receive the renewal notice (DL1R) from the DVA, you can apply online: 

Renewing your C1 or D1 licence categories

If you wish to renew your C1 or D1 licence categories, you cannot renew your licence online and must send the completed reminder form by post.  You must also enclose the 'medical examination report' (DLM1 form) completed by a doctor, in support of your application. This applies whether you previously held full, restricted or voluntary entitlement.

C1 and D1 licence categories explained:

DLM1 forms are available from MOT test centres or directly from the DVA by calling:

  • phone: 0300 2007 861

Your doctor may charge you a fee for filling in the DLM1 medical report.

Medical conditions

You must tell DVA if you’ve ever had, or presently suffer from, a medical condition that may affect your driving:

Covid-19 – Key Workers and Medicals

If you are a key worker and you need to submit a medical report with your driving licence application or have been asked to get your GP to complete a form as a result of a driving licence application, let your GP and the DVA know that you are a key worker.  The DVA will do everything possible to prioritise your application.

To tell the DVA that you are a key worker, email using the following link DVADriverLicensing.KeyWorkers@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk.

 You will need to include the following information in your email 

  • That you are a key worker
  • your full name,
  • your address
  • your date of birth,
  • your driver number (if you have it), you will find this on your driving licence, it is an eight digit number
  • details of your employer

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 the DVA.

If your driving licence has not arrived six weeks after you made your application, contact DVA Driver Licensing.

If you do not tell the DVA within eight weeks that your licence has not arrived, you must apply for a duplicate licence and pay the relevant fee.

Driving before new licence arrives

Once the DVA has received your valid application you can drive before you receive your new driving licence as long as you:

  • have held a Northern Ireland or Great Britain licence issued since 1 January 1976 or another exchangeable licence - explained at the following links: GBR, Jersey, Guernsey, IOM, Gibraltar driving licences and Exchanging your foreign driving licence
  • have made a qualifying application for a licence
  • aren't disqualified from driving
  • haven't been refused a licence for medical reasons or for failing to follow the DVA 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

Deciding to stop driving

There’s no legal age at which you must stop driving. You can decide when to stop, as long as you don’t have any medical conditions that affect your driving. Find out how changes to your health can affect your driving and how to give up your licence at the link below:

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