Renew your lorry or bus vocational driving licence online
You can only use this service to renew your lorry, minibus or bus driving licence if you are resident in NI. It’s faster to renew your licence online and you can change your address when renewing your licence online.
Before you start
You can’t use this service if your last licence was issued before 1 April 1999 and you haven’t had your identity checked. To renew these licences you need to fill in a driving licence application form (DL1). You also need to fill in an application form (DL2) if you need to change your name.
DL1 and DL2 forms are available in Post Offices and need to be posted to the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).
To apply online to renew your lorry or bus driving licence you’ll need:
- a digital photo or photo code – see rules for digital photos before renewing your licence via the green link below
- a credit or debit card (if payment is needed)
- a valid email address
- your NI driving licence number and expiry date – on the plastic card part of your driving licence – ‘5’ is the driving licence number and ‘4b’ the expiry date
Once your application has been submitted, the DVA may contact you during the assessment of your application if more information or a fee is needed. You will get more information as you go through the online application about how to send the DVA your medical information (DLM1/ Basic Disclosure Certificate [BDC]) if needed.
Renew your lorry or bus vocational licence by post
You can also renew your licence by post: Renewing your vocational licence
If you need to renew a car driving licence see: Renew your driving licence online
Linking your driving licence
You do not need to create a nidirect account to renew your lorry or bus driving licence online but it can save you time when you’re filling out your application. If you have a nidirect account for other services, for example COVID certificates, this will be the same log in details.
When you create your account and you’ve had your identity verified you can link your licence to view your licence information online and/ or share your licence information. The DVA will also send you updates on your application, such as when it has been processed.
To find out more about identity assurance and the documents you need to verify your identity see:
If you already have an account, or need to create an account, you can log in to the service using the green button above.
You can find out how any personal information you send to the Department for Infrastructure (DVA) when using this service will be handled by viewing its privacy notice.
For queries about applying for a vocational driving licence online, email: