It’s always the driver’s responsibility to make sure they’re safe. It’s up to you to ensure you are driving within your capabilities and that your car is safe to drive.
Renewing your licence at 70
When you turn 70, the DVLA will send you a form to renew your licence for a maximum of three years. You need to declare on this form that you are still fit and able to drive safely, so it remains your responsibility to judge this.
If you’re not confident you can make this judgement yourself, you can get professional advice from a Mobility Centre, like Wessex DriveAbility.
You will have to renew your licence in this way every three years
You can renew your licence for free on line or pick up an application form from the post office
Click here to apply or renew your licence on line.
Telling DVLA about a medical condition or disability
If you have a driving licence you must tell DVLA if:
- you have a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability
- your medical condition or disability has got worse since you first got your licence
- you develop a new medical condition or disability
Notifiable medical conditions
Click here to see the list of notifiable medical conditions
For additional advice regarding Eyesight and the use of Medicine and Drugs whilst Driving please visit our page on Eyesight and Medicines
Driving with Diabetes
Car drivers and motorbike riders do not need to tell DVLA if you control your diabetes by diet or tablets unless you are told to by your doctor.
If you are insulin treated – You need to tell DVLA.
You also need to tell DVLA if you have suffered any of the following:
• 2 episodes of severe hypoglycaemia (help needed from another person) within the last 12 months
• developed impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia
• visual problems
Buses and lorry drivers need to tell DVLA if you have diabetes for which you take medication or if your doctor advises you to.
If you are on insulin, you need to:
• have 3 months of continuous blood glucose readings available on a memory meter every time you apply for a licence
• test your blood glucose no more than 2 hours before the start of your first journey and every 2 hours through the day
You will also need to test your blood glucose and record your readings at least twice a day even when not driving.
Below is a video which gives some guidance
Surrendering your driving licence
There’s no legal age at which you must stop driving. You can decide when to stop, but medical conditions can affect your driving and might mean you have to give up your driving licence until you can meet the medical standards of fitness to drive again.
When you decide to stop driving or are advised by your doctor to stop you’ll need to tell DVLA and send them your licence.
You can download a ‘Declaration of Voluntary Surrender’ , click here to find out more about this https://www.gov.uk/giving-up-your-driving-licence
How do I contact the DVLA
Should you need further advice on your driving licence then you can contact the DVLA.
Click here to get the relevant contact details https://www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla
Driving Minibuses at the age of 70 or Over
As we get older, many of us take up voluntary work, like driving minibuses to help others get around. Your standard licence will not cover you to do this when you renew your licence at 70, unless you renew your minibus entitlement.
- When you are 70 years old, your ordinary driving licence will expire. If you want to carry on driving a car, you must renew your licence.
- If you want to carry on driving a minibus, you must also pass a full PCV medical, the same as that for professional bus and lorry drivers.
- If you have D1 entitlement you must apply to renew this – it doesn’t happen automatically. You need to pass a PCV medical before you renew so don’t leave it to the last minute.
- If you only have B entitlement you still need to pass a PCV medical if you want to carry on driving minibuses. Your new licence will show B(120) which means that you have met the higher medical standard for driving a minibus. But the other restrictions of driving with only B entitlement still apply.
- Your licence needs to be renewed every three years and you will need a full medical each time.
- If you only renew your car driving licence, without a full medical, your new licence will only show B entitlement. You are no longer licensed to drive a minibus. For this you must have either D1 or B(120).
Medically restricted licences: Don’t lose your minibus entitlement!
- If you have certain medical conditions the DVLA may issue you with a
medically restricted licence.
- If you have D1 (101) or D1 79 (NFHR) entitlement, when you first renew
your medically restricted licence you will lose the D1 unless you specifically
ask to renew it and have passed a PCV medical (the same medical as for professional bus and lorry drivers). You should not need to take another
medical until you reach the age of 70 – the D1 79 (NFHR) should renew
automatically until then.
- Always check your new licence when you receive it – are the correct
- If your medical condition changes you must inform DVLA.