There are a few mandatory things that need to be done, in the UK, before an individual starts to drive a car or ride a motorcycle. These include getting a driving licence, registering the vehicle and insuring it, paying vehicle tax, and getting an MOT. In the UK, a driving licence is an official document which authorises the holder to drive motor vehicles. They are administered in Scotland and Wales, England by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and in Northern Ireland by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).
If an individual loses their driving licence (either it gets stolen, destroyed or damaged) he / she will need to apply for a substitute. An individual can apply for a replacement with the DVLA, by visiting the www.gov.uk website and filling in the online application process. We, DNS Accountants, will provide some tips and recommendations for when a driving licence is lost. To apply online, an individual will have to use the Government Gateway ID and if he / she doesn’t have one or need to re-register, they will get an ID as part of your application.
Firstly, an individual should contact the police if the driving licence is lost. To replace the licence one will need to make sure that:
Also, details regarding driving licence number, National Insurance (NI) number and passport number need to be provided for identity.
As paper counterpart of the licence is no longer needed post 8 June 2015, DVLA will use an electronic copy of the passport photo (if available) for the photo-card driving licence if:
Replace a Lost Driving Licence
In order to replace a lost driving licence, an individual can call 0844-453-0118 and once through to the DVLA press the following options:
An individual can sort a replacement in 3 different ways: online, by post or over the phone (same as above: 0844-453-0118). As stated earlier, to make an online application, an individual will need to apply through the Government Gateway ID. By completing the application online, an individual should be able to get a new photo-card within a week. However, if an individual finds the old licence post getting a replacement, he / she will be required to return the old licence to the DVLA. Also, an individual will be required to include an elucidation as to what transpired, if he / she has requested or received a replacement.
Driving licence fees
The fee varies depending on if an individual wants to:
Get the first GB driving licence
The cost to replace a stolen, lost, spoiled or destroyed licence is £20.0. Cost of other activities is:
|Type of licence||Online application||Apply by post|
|First provisional licence – car, and motorcycle||£34.0||£43.0|
|First full driving licence after clearing the driving test||N/A||Free - £17.0 (in order to use a different photo from the one on the provisional)|
|First full GB licence in exchange for a full European Community (EC), European Economic Area (EEA) or other designated foreign licence||N/A||£43.0|
Change of name, address or photo on the photo-card driving licence
The fee depends on what specification is being changed and by which means. The following table will give some idea.
|What is changing||Online process||Change by post|
|Address||No charge||No charge|
|Both, photo and name,together||N/A||£17.0|
|Both, photo and address, together||£14.0||£17.0|
Renew a driving licence
Photo-card licence is valid for 10 years unless otherwise stated. An individual will get a reminder to renew their photo before the current licence ends. Also, an individual can renew the expired licence at a Post Office at a cost of £21.5
|Reason for renewal||Online application||Apply by post|
|Renewing an expired driving licence||£14.0||£17.0|
|If ages is 70 or over||No charge||No charge|
|For medical reasons||N/A||No charge|
Add, renew or remove an entitlement
|Reason for change||Online application||Apply by post|
|Add an entitlement to full or provisional licence (to drive a bus or lorry)||N/A||No charge|
|Renew an entitlement to drive a lorry or bus||N/A||No charge|
|Giving-up entitlement to drive a lorry or bus||N/A||No charge|
An individual can also change the photo at a cost of £17.0
Exchange a paper or non-GB driving licence
|What needs to be exchanged||Online application||Apply by post|
|Exchange paper licence for a photo-card with address change||No charge||No charge|
|Exchange paper licence for photo-card with name change||N/A||Free|
|Only paper licence for photo-card with other details changed||£20.0||£20.o|
|Northern Ireland licence in exchange for a Great Britain licence||N/A||Free|
|Full European Community (EC), European Economic Area (EEA) or other designated foreign licence, if a prior GB licence held||N/A||£43.0|
Even though it is not the end of the world if an individual loses the driving licence, it is vital to apply for a replacement as soon as possible. The simplest and quickest way to apply for a new driving licence is to visit the www.gov.uk website. If an individual does not have access to the internet, he /she can send an application through post. Please remember to report the loss or theft of the driving licence to the police, to prevent any misuse of the driving licence. If an individual require any more information about replacing the lost driving licence, we suggest visiting our website www.dnsassociates.co.uk and get in touch with us at +44-333-130-5749 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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