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UK drivers licence renewal

Postby ladylinda » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:49 pm

Anyone have recent experience of renewing UK licence, over 70 years. What is the procedure?

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby Kilkis » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:59 pm

See previous thread on Renewing a Greek Driving licence The exact procedure of paying for the medical and eye test may have changed.

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby ladylinda » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:29 pm

Thanks Kilkis , but we want to renew a UK driving licence not a Greek one .

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby Kilkis » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:33 pm

Oooops! Must pay attention. Details here. Obviously it talks about you being a UK resident because you can only renew it if you are a UK resident so you will need to provide a UK address.

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PS Be careful if you Google "renewing UK driving licence". The first few responses are adverts for private companies who do it for you for a fee. The link above is the official government web site.

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby ladylinda » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:52 pm

thanks Kilkis

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby filippos » Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:19 am

Did mine on line on the DVLA bit of the government web site. Easily followed instructions. They require you to cut up and return your present licence and, if I remember correctly there was no indication of when you should do so. The wording was such that it would be easy to assume they meant immediately.

My new licence was sent to my sister who forwarded it to me: once I had it in my grubby paws I returned the halved old one. I was mildly surprised by the speed from DVLA to UK address to me was, I think, ten days, including a weekend. As far as I remember, it's free for 70+. My wife had to renew hers as it had to be renewed for the photo to be updated (has to be done every 10 years) and she had to pay for that as she's under 70. No problem with photo - the DVLA uses the the most recent one from your (valid) Passport. That seems a bit odd to me: if a Passport is, say, nine years old, by the time the driving licence next expires the photo could be 19 years old.

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby Phild » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:09 am

Unless he ruling has changed in the past couple of years, the procedure with the photo is that they will use a photo that is less than 5 years old to renew either the passport or driving license.

The last time I renewed my driving license, my passport was 5 years and 2 months old, so they wouldn't use the passport photo for my driving license - my next passport renewal is coming up so they should use my driving license photo for a new passport this time (personally, I don't think I age that much in the 4 months difference between the 2 renewals, but I suppose you have to draw the line somewhere...)
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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby Kilkis » Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:52 am

Scooby also reported in another thread that the passport has to have been renewed not more than 5 years previously for the photo to be used.

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby filippos » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:17 am

You may be right, Phil: it seems daft that they want a new photo every ten years and issue a new one with a photo more than five years old but .......

I have no recollection of obtaining/uploading a new photo and I certainly didn't mail one
I just checked dates on my Passport and licence. Passport issued Feb 2009; licence May 2015.
The only differences I can see in the photos is that the one on the licence is:
Black and white instead of colour | slightly smaller | the picture has been slightly cropped, just skimming the hair and bottom of Adam's Apple.
Expression looks the same (slightly distorted by the security markings in/over the photos) and pics show the same amount of hair of which I had less last year than in 2009 (and even less today).

I've also had another look at the DVLA guidance page "before you start" where it says, "You can change the licence photo at the same time as renewing your licence." (My italics). I didn't look at the current on-line application form so don't know if any other requirements are included there.

The only explanation I can think of (just seconds ago) is that the photo mustn't be more than 10 years old at expiry of the licence. My Passport expires Feb 2019 and because my over 70's licence expires a few moths earlier the current photo shown on both will still be less than 10 years old. Blimey, old brains work slowly at times.

Ha, Warwick posted while I was cogitating and using my 'seek and poke' typing technique.

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby Kilkis » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:59 am

Scooby is not in the 70+ category yet so perhaps the 5 year rule only applies to younger drivers where the driving licence is going to last for a full 10 years. If you are going to have to renew the licence in another 3 years it would make sense to allow a passport photo that is valid for at least another 3 years to be used. Don't know for sure. I have a Greek licence so it doesn't really concern me.

It is worth mentioning that there is a small but non-zero probability that a 70+ applicant might be called upon to attend a medical. Although they mostly accept self certification they do call out a few random cases. At least be aware and have a plan for what you would do if you are one of the "lucky" few.

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby john4d » Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:31 pm

At 70 you automatically lose your C1, C1E, D! and D1E driving categories. If you wish to retain these a medical examination and eye examination will be necessary. This can delay the process, it took me 5 months to renew mine even though I had no health or eye problems. You are allowed to continue driving during the process, but I'm not sure how you explain this to the Greek police!

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby moved 2 crete » Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:36 pm

Warwick is correct, I was one called upon to attend a medical for my second 3 year approval, I explained that I was advised to change to the IKA system by the NHS system when we moved here 10 years ago, because I had Diabetes and would need to have my health checks, prescriptions etc etc mainly here on Crete, they said that they would not accept a report from my Greek specialist at the DVLA, all they could do was to send me a change of licence certificate to obtain a Greek licence, the process was rapide after I passed the Greek medical requirements, from start to finish it took 6 weeks, so if you go back to the UK hardly at all just explain your position to the DVLA and await their response, the licence is the EU type and uses the passport type photos. :)
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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby YoMo2 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:39 pm

moved 2 crete wrote:...... send me a change of licence certificate to obtain a Greek licence.........


That's a new one on me. Are you saying that to apply for a Greek licence I must first get a piece of paper from DVLA?

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby Kilkis » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:55 pm

YoMo2 wrote:...That's a new one on me. Are you saying that to apply for a Greek licence I must first get a piece of paper from DVLA?

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Not if the existing licence is still valid but if it has expired then perhaps you do? I would guess moved2crete's licence had expired because he was applying for a new UK one.

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Re: UK drivers licence renewal

Postby moved 2 crete » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:53 pm

My renewal date for my driving licence was 27th August 2015, I applied a month before the expiry date and was told that I needed the require information from my Specialist and Doctor and as I explained in my previous post was refused on the grounds that I had changed to the IKA system and could not supply the information from an English Doctor or Specialist, hence the certificate to exchange to a Greek Licence QED.
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