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Driving at 70 years of age

Renewing your licence

Once you reach 70 years of age, you're required to renew your driving licence every 3 years.

While you've got years of experience behind you, the DVLA need to ensure 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. 

Driving when you’re 70 and over

What medical conditions may make it unsafe to drive?

There are some age-related health conditions that you have to 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.

How do you renew my driving licence at 70?

The DVLA should automatically send you a D1 renewal notice through the post as you approach your 70th birthday. Alternatively, you can find the form online at Gov.uk or collect one 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 photo. 

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

Renewing your licence at 70 is free.

Can you drive while your driving licence is being renewed?

Yes, you can carry on driving, as long as:

  • 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

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