The Law, and the DVLA

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.

Passport and Licence

Government grant 7 month extension on photo card licences

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced today (4 June 2020). This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence. Click here to read more about the extension.

PLEASE NOTE – At aged 70 the driver must still renew their entitlement to drive, then every 3 years if they wish to continue to hold a valid licence. This grant does not cover entitlement to drive, just extension to the 10 year period required for renewal of photo card driving licences.

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.

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Notifiable Conditions

Notifiable medical conditions

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 and disabilities include epilepsy, strokes and other neurological conditions, mental health problems, physical disabilities and visual impairments.

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

For additional information on various Medical Conditions which may affect our ability to drive safely visit our page Medical Conditions

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

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

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
    entitlements shown?
  • If your medical condition changes you must inform DVLA.

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