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How to renew your driving licence online if you’re 70 or over

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Once you reach 70, you must renew your driving licence every 3 years. If you’re 70 or over, or will be 70 in the next 3 months, you can easily renew your licence online.

Our online service is convenient, quick and secure. According to figures released last year, more than 60% of customers over the age of 70 chose to renew their licence online. So why not join them?

Here’s why you should renew online, and how to do it…

Woman using a laptop.
She's just renewed her over 70 driving licence online with DVLA.

Why should I renew my 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! That’s right – there’s no charge to use our ‘Renew at 70’ service on GOV.UK. So avoid any third-party websites that charge premiums for DVLA services. These sites charge a fee to pass a driver’s application to DVLA, but they are not affiliated with DVLA and often charge for services which are cheaper or free on GOV.UK.

So always use GOV.UK to renew your licence – it’s the quickest, easiest and most secure way.

Our online service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Three months before your licence is due to expire, we’ll send you a reminder to renew. If you want to change your licence photo, you can do this at the same time as renewing your licence online, if you have a valid UK passport.

How to renew your driving licence at 70

To renew online, you need:

  • an email address
  • a valid UK passport (if you want to change the licence photo)
  • to be a resident of Great Britain – there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
  • addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • to not be disqualified from driving

Once you have everything you need, simply:

  1. Visit www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence-at-70 or, if you wish to use the Welsh service, visit www.gov.uk/adnewyddu-trwydded-yrru-yn-70-oed.
  2. Read the information on the page and click ‘Start now’.
  3. Complete each stage of the application process – reading the information on each page and filling in your details where required.
  4. Check your details are correct and click ‘Submit now’.

Once you’ve completed your application, you will receive an email to confirm it has been submitted. Make a note of your application reference number, which you can use to track the progress of your application online.

You may be able to continue driving while we process your application if you meet certain criteria. Read the guidance leaflet ‘Can I drive while my application is with DVLA?’ to check if you can continue driving.

If you want to renew a C1 (medium-sized vehicles) or D1 (minibus) entitlement, you must do this by post.

What our service users say

Here are some comments from customers who’ve used the online service.

“Renewed my licence, 70+ in September 2020. It was so simple and quick. Recommend anyone to use the GOV.UK website to renew.”

“I applied online, everything worked like clock-work; extremely easy procedure.”

“The system was easy and friendly to use when I renewed at 73 years old.”

“No complications in completing the application, and the new licence arrived within a few days.”

So there you have it! If you need to renew your licence at 70, it’s quick, easy and secure to do it online. And free!

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8 comments

  1. Comment by Clive John Mitchell posted on

    82 and using this service since I was 70.
    Have never had any problems
    Hope to use for any more years

  2. Comment by Malcolm Brooke posted on

  3. Comment by Phytos Perdios posted on

    Very clear to understand and easy to execute the Renewal. Definitely I'll use this method, instead of filling in forms and sending by mail. Thank you DVLA.

  4. Comment by Mick posted on

    Thats great thanks I did wonder how to do

  5. Comment by Philippa Pace posted on

    It did not work for me as I do not have a passport

    • Replies to Philippa Pace>

      Comment by Rachel Thomas posted on

      Hello Philippa, thank you for commenting on the blog.

      If you are using our renew at 70 online service you do not need a passport unless you need to renew your photograph.

      If you need to renew your photograph and do not have a valid UK passport, you can still apply online and you will be sent an application form through the post to attach your photograph and return to DVLA.

  6. Comment by Doreen Parker posted on

    Personally had renewed my driving licence since this ervice was first introduced, which was quite a bit different then. However its the easiest and most uncomplicated way to renew .

  7. Comment by James McNab posted on

    very well presented the above info will cut out the sharks out there ripping
    people off good info and secured