How do I renew my driving licence at 70?

I will need to renew my driving license at age 70. My current license enables me to drive a manual or auto, 12 seater minibus etc.
A) How soon before expiry should I apply to avoid being without a license in case of processing delays in the DVLA?
B) How do I ensure all current categories are transferred into the new license?

Asked on 16 February 2024 by Gerald

Answered by David Ross
The process varies depending on the specific entitlements on your current licence. If you have a D1 minibus entitlement which you wish to retain, you can find the details on how to do so on the government website here:

If not, you can use the online system here: within 90 days of your 70th birthday. The process should take a week, but you are still entitled to drive even if your licence is with the DVLA as long as:

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 1 June 2013
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