Did you know that there are over 35 million motorists on our roads in the UK and out of the 33 million there are over 1 million road users who are NOT insured or have inadequate insurance and shouldn’t be on the road at all?
So who do you contact about applying for your driving license?
The answer is the DVLA.
DVLA have many different departments and deal with hundreds of various inquiries every single day. The DVLA customer services department is one of the busiest, so here’s some info about applying for your license, which won’t include you wasting your valuable time hanging on the end of a phone waiting to speak to someone in the DVLA.
When can you apply for a driving license?
You can apply for your first provisional driving license at the age of 15 years and nine months old. But you cannot drive a light bike or moped until you are 16 and you cannot drive a car until you are 17 unless you have applied for the enhanced rate of the mobility compound of PIP (personal independence payment)
You can Reapply for a driving license after a disqualification only when the disqualification period has come to an end.
If your driving license has been revoked, you can apply for a new one at any time.
If you had a driving license ban due to drink or drug driving, you don’t need to do anything to reapply.
If you’re classed as a “higher risk” offender DVLA will send you a D27 renewal form 90 days before the end of your ban period.
If you’re not in the “higher risk” bracket, then the form will be sent out to you 54 days before the end of your ban period.
However, if you don’t receive the D27 form, you can pick one up from the post office or order one online.
Once you have the renewal form you will need to fill it out and along with the relevant fee send it back to the DVLA, you may also need to send a new photo depending on the age of your license.
Applying for provisional license to drive a bus or lorry.
You will first need to have already a full car driving license to be able to apply for a bus/lorry provisional.
You will need to order the forms D2 AND D4. You can do so on the internet.
The D4 form must be filled in by your doctor, or private medical advisor and they may charge you a fee to do so.
If you wear spectacles, your optician will also need to fill out the eyesight section of the form.
Once the forms are fully filled in send them to the DVLA along with your full photo driving license.
Applying for a replacement driving license if your current license has been lost, stolen or damaged.
If you think that your driving license has been stolen, then you must report it to the police straight away.
To apply for a new replacement driving license, you can do this online with the DVLA.
You can only get a replacement Britsh driving license if you hold a British driving license, a foreign national will have to go through their countries channel for a replacement.
You will not get a replacement license if you have a driving disqualification against you.
You must be able to supply your addresses of residence for the previous three years.
Supply the DVLA with your driving license and or passport number if you know them.
If the DVLA cannot get a suitable electronic photograph of you either from a valid passport or the driving license, then the DVLA will send you a form for you to supply a new one.
If after all that you find your “lost or stolen” driving license, you must inform the DVLA and send it to them.