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Lucy Farrell & Sophie Buchan

DVLA issue warning to drivers over 70 as they urge people to renew their licence - how to apply

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has warned that people over 70 must renew their licence every three years.

If they do not do this, it means that they will no longer, legally, be able to get behind the wheel. And they may even face a fine.

The reminder comes as the government agency took to Twitter and wrote: "After you turn 70, you need to renew your licence every three years. It’s easy, quick and secure to do it online."

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As reported by the Daily Record, drivers who do not renew yet still get behind the wheel will be committing a serious offence. This is because their licence and insurance will not be valid and the fine can be hefty.

In some cases, you can get up to £1,000 and even a ceased vehicle.

Just because it is expired however, does not mean you need to stop driving. If you want to continue using your car, then you just need to renew it online.

Here's what you need to know should you wish to renew...

How to renew your licence online

To renew your licence, you can complete a D46P application form which the DVLA will send to you 90 days before you turn 70. Alternatively, you can pick one up at your local post office.

The online process is straight forward and the replacement should arrive in one week. You can apply to renew your licence online by logging onto the DVLA website here.

First time users will need to register and should have the following:

  • An email address
  • Addresses of where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
  • National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • A valid UK passport number (if you want to change the licence photo)

You will be sent an email confirmation once you have applied.

Can you drive while the DVLA renews your licence?

You can drive while your licence is being renewed if you meet all the following conditions:

  • You have the support of your doctor to continue driving
  • You had a valid licence
  • You only drive under the conditions of the previous licence
  • Your application is less than a year old
  • Your last licence wasn’t revoked or refused for medical reasons
  • You’re not currently disqualified
  • You weren’t disqualified as a high risk offender on or after June 1 2013


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