Driving after 70: what you need to know

Renewing your licence

On your 70th birthday, your driving licence expires. But this doesn’t mean you can’t drive anymore – you're just required to renew your driving licence if you want to continue, and every three years after that.

While you've got years of experience behind you, the DVLA need to make sure your health and knowledge of the rules of the road are up to scratch.

Here's what you need to do to renew your licence and stay on the road. 

How do I renew my driving licence at 70?

The DVLA should automatically send you a D46P renewal 90 days before your 70th birthday. Alternatively, you can find the form online at GOV.uk or collect a D1 application form from your local Post Office.

If you have a photocard licence, fill in the form and return it to the DVLA with your current driving licence. 

If you have a paper licence, fill in the form and enclose a recent passport-style photo. 

How much does it cost to renew your driving licence at 70?

Renewing your licence at 70 or over is free.

What medical conditions may make it unsafe to drive?

There are some age-related health conditions that you must tell the DVLA about, such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and some eyesight problems. You should also report any medical conditions to your insurance company, or you could invalidate your car insurance.

Can I drive while my driving licence is being renewed?

You can carry on driving if:

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

Will it affect my car insurance?

Older drivers are often careful and experienced drivers, however insurers class them as higher risk. 

Your car insurance payments may increase in your seventies and beyond. 

  • Paying annually for your cover to avoid interest charges
  • Driving safely to maintain your no claim discount
  • Getting a multi-car insurance policy discount if you have more than one car in your household

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