If either part of your driving licence is lost, stolen, or defaced, then you must replace it immediately. This can be done online, on the phone, or by post.
If none of your details have changed, and you have both parts of the licence, you can replace your driving licence over the telephone. You will need a credit or debit card - the fee is £20.00. Call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 (Monday to Friday 8.00am to 7.00pm; Saturday 8.00am to 2.00pm).
If any part of your licence has been lost or stolen, or your details have changed, you will need to complete the D1 application for a driving licence form. You can also get this form from the Post Office.
When you send the form, include what parts you have of your licence and send both the form and the fee to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB.
If you have a paper driving licence, you must apply in person or by post with the D1 application for a driving licence form.
You must provide identification for your driving licence with original documents and include a passport style photograph.
If your licence is defaced, then return it to DVLA. Send it along with the rest of the documentation to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB.
A photo can be renewed by you at any time. A photo on the photocard licence has an expiry date. You must renew your photo before it expires. The date of expiry is shown on the front of the licence.
You can learn more about renewing the photo on your licence and apply online via DVLA's website.
If you later find a licence which you replaced, then return it to DVLA with a letter to explain what happened.
If you have not received your new driving licence, you should wait three weeks before contacting DVLA in connection with your application.
It's OK to drive or ride your vehicle while you are waiting for a new licence to arrive, under the following circumstances: you're not disqualified from driving, or been refused a licence for medical reasons, and wouldn't be refused a licence for medical reasons.
Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011
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