Driving after 70 - Learn how to renew licence (2023)

If you’re over 70 and want to keep on driving, you’ll have to renew your driving licence. On this page we’ll explain how you can renew your driving licence, and give you some advice to keep you safely on the road in later life.

  • How do I renew my driving licence after 70?
  • Does my health condition mean I have to stop driving?
  • How do I get my driving ability reassessed?
  • How to get a Blue Badge for disabled parking
  • How can I adjust to life without driving?
  • What shall I do next?

How do I renew my driving licence after 70?

Once you reach the age of 70, your licence expires, but this doesn't automatically mean you have to stop driving. You just need to renew your driving licence if you want to continue. You'll need to renew it every 3 years after that. Renewal is free of charge.

Don’t forget to apply for any categories of vehicle covered on your old licence, if you still want to be able to drive them after you renew your licence. If you don’t apply for any categories previously covered, you’ll only be able to drive a car in future.

If your licence expires and you don't apply for a new one, you won't legally be allowed to drive.

The DVLA will send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday.

If you have a photocard licence

  • To renew, fill in the form and return it to the DVLA with your current driving licence photocard. You may also need to include a new passport-type photo – the form will tell you if you need to do this. If you apply by post it can take up to three weeks.

If you have a paper licence

  • To renew, fill in the form and enclose an up-to-date passport-type photo. If you apply by post it can take up to three weeks.

Renew online

  • You can also renew your licence using the GOV.UK website. You'll have to register and you'll be given step-by-step instructions on how to renew:

Renew your driving licence

You can renew your licence online by visiting GOV.UK

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If you don’t receive an application form

If the DVLA doesn’t send you an application form:

  • order a D1 form online or go to the Post Office and ask for a D1 form ‘Application for a Driving Licence’
  • Request a driving licence application form from the DVLA

Can I still drive while my application for a licence is being processed?

You can drive while your licence is being renewed but only if you meet certain conditions. These include:

  • you’re not currently disqualified from driving
  • you had a valid licence
  • your licence wasn’t revoked for medical reasons and your doctor says you are still ok to drive)

Find out more

To find out more about continuing to drive while your application is pending read the guidance on the GOV.UK website.

Does my health condition mean I have to stop driving?

If you've developed a medical condition or disability that could affect your driving, you must tell the DVLA, even if you're not yet due to renew your licence. This also applies if your condition has worsened since your licence was issued.

Many people worry that they'll be forced to stop driving, but this isn't necessarily the case.

It's a legal obligation for you to declare certain conditions to the DVLA. If you have an accident you haven't declared a health condition, your insurance might not cover you.

Which conditions do I have to declare to the DVLA?

Some of the medical conditions that you must declare are:

  • dementia
  • diabetes – if it’s insulin-treated
  • Parkinson’s
  • epilepsy
  • any chronic neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis
  • any condition that affects both eyes, or total loss of sight in one eye.

Other health conditions may need to be declared, depending on what kind of licence you have and how the condition affects you.

See the full list of medical conditions and disabilities you must declare on the DVLA website

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What happens next?

After you’ve told the DVLA, it may:

  • make a decision based on the information you provide
  • contact your GP or consultant (with your permission) or arrange for a local doctor or specialist to examine you
  • ask you to take a driving assessment, eyesight test or driving appraisal.

How likely am I to lose my licence if I declare a medical condition to the DVLA?

Having a medical condition doesn’t always mean that you will lose your licence.

You should be able to continue driving if your condition doesn’t affect your ability to drive safely. Or you may need some help to adjust or make adaptations to your car.

Sometimes the DVLA will issue you with a driving licence for 1, 2 or 3 years and then review things again in the future.

The DVLA can also give you a licence that shows you need to fit special controls to your vehicle to help you to drive with your disability.

Unfortunately, the DVLA can also tell you to stop driving, if you’re not fit to drive.

Declaring a health condition to your insurer

If you have a condition which you need to declare to the DVLA, you also need to declare this to your insurer. You may find that your premiums go up or that you need to seek a specialist provider. However, if you don’t declare your condition, it could invalidate your policy.

If you’ve developed a medical condition, you may need to have your driving ability assessed. Or you may not have a medical condition, but have decided yourself that you could benefit from an assessment. You can either get assessed through a local driver assessment scheme or through a mobility centre.

Local driver assessment schemes

Many local councils, as well as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Institute of Advanced Motorists, offer driver assessment schemes.

Search for a driver assessment scheme near you on the Older Drivers website

Mobility centre driving assessments

If your medical condition or disability makes it more difficult to drive, then a mobility centre can advise you on the best options for your particular circumstances.

How do I get an assessment with a mobility centre?

The DVLA can refer you (and pay for the assessment) if they’ve asked you to take it, but there may be a long wait. It can be quicker to refer yourself but you will have to pay – the cost varies depending on the centre.

What does the mobility centre assessment involve?

Mobility centres have trained staff who can assess how your condition or disability affects your driving and look at what can help you to continue driving. The driving ability assessment will include:

  • Physical assessment to see if you can operate a car’s controls
  • Cognitive assessment to check your thinking skills
  • Visual assessment to check your eyesight
  • On-road assessment in a dual-controlled car

You’ll get to try out car adaptations to see what works for you.

What happens if they say I can’t drive anymore?

If the assessment shows that your medical condition makes it unsafe for you to drive, the DVLA can tell you to stop driving until your condition improves.

In this case, you’ll need to reapply for your licence if, and when, you’re able to drive safely again. The DVLA will provide you with a medical explanation and, if possible, state when you should reapply. Talk to your GP before reapplying for your licence so you can prove your condition has improved.

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How to get a Blue Badge for disabled parking

If you or your passenger has severe mobility problems, the Blue Badge scheme lets you park nearer your destination than you might otherwise be able to. It gives you exemption from some parking restrictions and access to designated parking spaces.

Blue Badge holders are exempt from certain parking restrictions, including being allowed to park:

  • free of charge at on-street parking meters and in Pay and Display bays
  • on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading.

Some local authorities put additional restrictions on Blue Badge holders; check with the local authority in the area you’re travelling to to find out what the local rules are. The scheme does not apply in certain boroughs in London, which offer their own parking concessions.

For more information see our page on How to apply for a Blue Badge

How can I adjust to life without driving?

It can be difficult to accept when we’re no longer able to do something safely that has been a routine part of life. But reducing or giving up driving doesn’t mean the end of your independence or mobility.

If you’ve decided to stop driving, or been advised to by the DVLA, there are many ways you can get around and there may be help with transport costs.You may feel worried about the costs of giving up driving and having to pay for public transport but if you add up the amount you spend on car tax, insurance, fuel and maintenance, you may find that using alternatives work out to be less expensive than running a car.

Most people find adjusting to life without a car is difficult at first. If you’re finding life without a car tough and causing you to feel down, talk to a family member, friend or your GP.

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What shall I do next?

Apply for a Blue Badge

You can apply direct to your local authority, or online via the GOV.UK website.

Find out more

To find out more about continuing to drive while your application is pending read the guidance on the GOV.UK website.

See the full list of medical conditions and disabilities you must declare on the DVLA website

For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

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FAQs

Do you need an eye test to renew your driving licence at 70? ›

Yes. Although your licence expires when you turn 70, it doesn't automatically mean you have to stop driving. It just means you will need to renew your driving licence every three years if you want to continue. You won't have to take another test and there's no upper age limit for driving.

How long are over 70 driving licence renewals taking? ›

DVLA will automatically send you this form 90 days before your 70th birthday. Use the D1 application for a driving licence form if you haven't got the D46P form. You can pick one up at most Post Offices. Your driving licence should arrive in 3 weeks.

Do you need a new photo to renew driving licence over 70? ›

The DVLA will send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday. To renew, fill in the form and return it to the DVLA with your current driving licence photocard. You may also need to include a new passport-type photo – the form will tell you if you need to do this.

What documents do I need to renew my driving licence at 70? ›

The DVLA will send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday, and then every three years afterwards. Complete the form and return it to the DVLA. If you haven't got the D46P form, you can use a 'D1 application for a driving licence form', which you can pick up from a Post Office.

Can I drive while waiting for my over 70 licence renewal? ›

I am over 70 years old and have sent my licence to the DVLA to renew my entitlement to drive. Can I carry on driving while my form is with you? As soon as the DVLA receives your correct and complete application for a new licence and as long as you meet all the Section 88 criteria you may drive.

What happens if I don't renew my driving licence at 70? ›

What happens if I don't renew my licence at 70? As your driving licence expires when you reach the age of 70, if you've not renewed it you won't be legally allowed to drive after your 70th birthday. If you haven't had your new licence back, but you've submitted it to be renewed, you're still able to legally drive.

Can I drive while waiting for my licence renewal? ›

The DVLA says if your licence expires while it is processing your renewal application, you should be able to continue driving as long as you meet certain conditions, including only driving vehicles you were entitled to drive on your previous licence, not being told by a doctor or optician that you shouldn't drive, and ...

Do I need to send my old driving licence back to DVLA when renewing? ›

You must send your old photocard licence to DVLA when you get your new licence. You'll be told the address to use when you finish the application.

Can I renew my over 70 driving licence online without a passport? ›

The hiccup means that anyone who is applying for a new driving licence as they turn 70 is unlikely to be able to renew online if they did not have a British passport before 2017. The DVLA noted that it is aware of the issue and is currently working on a solution.

What happens if you don't renew your photo driving licence? ›

Your photocard must be renewed every 10 years, up to the age of 70. It's illegal to drive without a valid licence and, if you are caught driving without one: You can be fined up to £1,000 if you're stopped by police. You may face difficulties with car insurance.

Do I have to send a photo to renew my driving licence? ›

The DVLA will use your current passport photo for your new licence if you have a digital passport. If you don't want the DVLA to use this photo or they can't use it, you'll need to send a photo in the post. If your name or title has changed, you won't be able to renew your licence online.

Can I still drive if my photocard has expired? ›

The expiry date of your photocard licence is shown on the front of the photocard at section 4b. If your licence has expired, you should not drive until you have applied to renew the licence. Although the DVLA routinely send out reminders to drivers, it is not a defence to say that you did not receive a reminder.

Is it easy to renew driving licence online? ›

Renewing online is easier and quicker than paper – there's no fiddling about with forms or postage. If you apply online, your licence should arrive within one week. It's also free!

What are the requirements in renewing license? ›

License Renewal Requirements for Local Applicants
  • Duly accomplished application form.
  • Original and photocopy of government-issued ID that bears your picture and signature.
  • Original driver's license.
  • Copy of the medical examination certificate (only electronically transmitted to the LTO by an accredited clinic)
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What categories can I drive over 70 years of age? ›

You're allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). You can also drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

Can I drive while my renewal application is with DVLA? ›

Driving while an application is with DVLA

If your application (including if you have declared a medical condition) has been sent to DVLA you may be able to continue to drive while we are processing your application, subject to meeting certain criteria.

How long does it take to get my driving licence back from DVLA 2022? ›

The DVLA says it will reach 'normal' turnaround times for paper drivers licence applications (up to three weeks including some time for postage) by the end of May 2022 while for medical applications the target is for 90% of cases to be processed within 90 days by the end of September 2022.

How do you retain C1 and d1 entitlements after 70? ›

If you're 70 or over (or soon will be) and are renewing your driving licence and want to keep the C1 on your licence you need to: order and complete a D2 application form. download a D4 medical examination report – this must be filled in by a doctor.

What is the average age people give up driving? ›

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Most elderly drivers want to continue driving as much as possible, but when asked to choose an age when they might stop driving, the average age was 82.

Can I still drive at 80? ›

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, if needed.

Can I drive while waiting for DVLA decision? ›

You can usually keep driving while DVLA are considering your application. If you've told DVLA about a condition when applying to renew your licence, follow the guidance about driving that's in the form. Contact DVLA if you need advice or to check on your case.

Why are DVLA so slow? ›

The processing times are taking months longer than expected for many – a delay that the DVLA has attributed to a strike that took place in August 2021. For some, the stalling process has left them out of work, or immobilised in rural areas for months on end.

Are DVLA taking phone calls? ›

If you would like to contact DVLA, you can ring them up at 0300 790 6802. If you're calling from abroad, please dial +44 844 306 9203. If you would like to know of other ways to contact DVLA, please view the options below.

How much does it cost to renew a UK driving licence? ›

Renew a driving licence

You'll get a reminder to renew your photo before your current licence ends. You can also renew your expired licence at a Post Office, it costs £21.50.

How close to your birthday should you renew your license? ›

Every California license expires on your birthday five years after it's issued. You can renew your license up to six months before expiration and up to two months after it's expired. About two months prior to the expiration you should receive a renewal notice in the mail from the California DMV.

Why do I have Category A on my driving licence? ›

A. Holders of a Category A licence are allowed to drive any bike of any sized engine. The licence is only available to riders aged 24 and over, or 21 and over if you've held an A2 licence for two years. You need to have completed your compulsory basic training (CBT) and passed a theory and practical test.

Do pensioners have to book online for drivers licence renewal? ›

People over 60 do not have to make appointments to renew and can just walk in at a testing station. I went to a Gauteng testing station where I joined the queue of pensioners.

Can I renew my UK driving licence online without a passport? ›

If you do not have a UK passport or a share code. You'll need to send an identity document by post to prove your identity.

How much is the fine for driving with an expired license? ›

With the penalty for driving without a valid licence set at R1,250, law enforcement officials issued approximately R50 million in fines to motorists during May 2022.

What do you put on the back of a driving licence photo? ›

The signatory must write the following on the back of one photograph: I (name of person), (job title) confirm this photograph to be a true likeness of (applicant's name). (Signature of person), (date).

How many photos do I need to renew my driver's license? ›

Go to your nearest DLTC with the following: Identity document (ID) and a copy of your ID, old driving licence card or valid South African passport. Four black-and-white ID photographs (before you have photographs taken confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require) Proof of residential address e.g. utility account ...

Can you smile on your driving licence photo? ›

You must: face forward and look straight into the camera with your eyes open and nothing covering your face. look natural with no facial expressions, for example, smiling, grinning or frowning. have nothing covering your eyes, for example, hair or glasses frame.

What happens if my licence is out of date? ›

If some time has passed since your licence has expired, you may have to take another driving test when you renew your licence. This could happen anytime you renew, such as when you renew due to age – as all drivers must renew their licences once they reach 70 – or when you're declaring a medical condition.

How much is it to renew your license in 2022? ›

As of May 2022, you only need to pay Php589 for both pro and non-pro driver's license renewal. The steps to renew your driver's license is also very easy. Some people have reported they've been able to renew their driver's license in just under 20 minutes and even getting the 10-year validity of their license.

How do I renew my driving Licence 2022? ›

A simple 5-step guide to the entire 2022 LTO driver's license renewal process
  1. Step 1: Register at the LTO LTMS Portal. ...
  2. Step 2: Take the online validation exam (OVE) ...
  3. Step 3: Print your validation exam certificate. ...
  4. Step 4: The medical exam. ...
  5. Step 5: Proceed to an LTO driver's license renewal center.
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How much does it cost to renew license 2022? ›

Driver's license renewal costs

One year and one day to two years – P150. More than two years – P225.

Do I need a medical for driving licence at 70? ›

Drivers under 75 will no longer have to supply a medical report confirming their fitness to drive, unless they have an identified or specified illness or are required to do so by law. Driving licences will remain free to those aged 70 or over.

Can you drive at 75 years old? ›

There is no upper age limit for driving a car. However, all drivers have to renew their driving licence when they reach the age of 70 and every three years from then on.

What is b/e after 70? ›

YOUR DRIVING ENTITLEMENT ON RENEWING AT THE AGE OF 70

Category B+E entitles drivers to drive a motor vehicle (ie car, van or 4x4) not exceeding 3.5 tonnes Maximum Authorised Mass* (MAM), drawing/towing any weight trailer/caravan within the prescribed maximum towing weight.

How often should a 70 year old have eyes tested? ›

It is recommended that people between the ages of 18 and 69 have their eyes tested every 2 years and those aged 70 or over have an eye test every 12 months.

How often should you have an eye test after 70? ›

From the age of 70, it's advisable to test your sight annually, which is also free under the NHS. Eye tests are vital to screen for any age-related eye conditions which are common among the elderly, like cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration or AMD.

How often can over 70 have eye test? ›

At age 65 and older, you should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. That's because adults aged 65 or older are at a higher risk for developing a number of eye conditions and diseases that can impair your sight.

Do I need an eye test to renew my driving licence UK? ›

When you reapply for your driving licence, DVLA will ask you to have an eyesight test with DVSA . This will be at a driving test centre. If you're successful, you'll still have to pass the DVSA standard eyesight test at your next practical driving test.

What is the most common vision problem in the elderly? ›

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of loss of vision in people over 65 years of age. AMD is characterized by degeneration of the macula, the area of the retina responsible for central vision (Figure 1).

Do pensioners get free eye glasses? ›

Glasses vouchers

People who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit are automatically entitled to help with the cost of their glasses. The Pension Credit recipient and their partner, if they have one, are eligible to receive a voucher which will help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

Can old age eyesight be corrected? ›

Here's the good news: Nearly all age-related vision changes can be treated with medicine or outpatient surgery, says Dr. Mitul Mehta, an ophthalmologist with the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

What eye conditions stop you driving? ›

Driving eyesight rules

Some of the problems that should be disclosed to the DVLA include eye conditions such as blepharospasm, cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy, macular degeneration and night blindness. You can find the full list of health conditions that affect driving here.

How can I test my vision for driving? ›

The safest way to check you can see clearly is to take an eye test with a local optician. However, if you have immediate concerns and face a wait before any test is available, stand 20 metres – about five to six car lengths – back from a car and read its number plate.

Can I read a number plate from 20m away? ›

In good daylight, you must be able to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 20 metres (or from a distance of 20.5 metres for old style number plates). If you want to do your own number plate test, when walking down a street or in a car park, 20 metres is about 5 car lengths.

Is it better to get an eye exam in the morning or afternoon? ›

If you want to get the best results from your eye exam — and the most accurate prescription — research suggests 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. is the best time to book your eye exam.

What percentage of seniors get cataracts? ›

By age 65, more than 90 percent of people in the United States will develop cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy from natural proteins that build up over time. As the condition progresses, the clouded lens allows less light to pass through your eye, creating blurry vision.

Do opticians tell DVLA? ›

The patient is legally responsible for informing the DVLA or DVA, if they do not meet the vision standard for driving.

What happens if you fail a DVLA field of vision test? ›

✘- Any driver unable to meet these standards must not drive and must notify DVLA, which will refuse or revoke a licence. The law also requires all drivers to have a minimum field of vision, as set out below.

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