Driving Licence Fees

The standard driving licence fee varies for different categories as follows:

  1. Provisional driving licence.
  2. Theory test.
  3. Practical driving test.
  4. Change in address, name or photo.
  5. Renewing the licence.
  6. Renewing short term medical licence.
  7. Replacing a stolen, lost, damaged or destroyed licence.
  8. Exchanging a paper or non-GB licence.
  9. Getting the licence back after being taken away.

Provisional Driving Licence:

Provisional licence is the first step towards a full driving licence. The fees can be paid in 2 ways; online £34 and via post £43 sent to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Theory test:

The second fee to be paid is for the theory test. It costs £23 which is non – refundable. If the applicant fails to pass the fee will have to be paid each time.

Practical Driving test:

For the final test, the applicant has to pay £62 for the booking. And £75 if the applicant wants to give the test on a bank holiday or weekend. It is also non-refundable like the theory test.

Change in address, name and photo:

  • The fee for a particular category depends on what is being changed and how.
  • Changing the address online or by post is free of cost.
  • Name can only be changed by post and for free.
  • Changing the photo online costs £14 and £17 by post.
  • Photo and name can only be changed at the same time by post for £17.
  • Address and photo can be changed at the same time, £14 if done online and £17 via post.

Renewing the licence:

Photocard licenses have to be renewed every 10 years. The DVLA sends in a reminder before the expiry date.

  • It cost £14 online and £17 by post to renew an expired licence.
  • However, both applications to apply are free if the applicant is 70 years or older.
  • Expired licence can also be renewed at a Post Office for £21.50.

Renewing short-term medical licence:

Applicant can renew the short-term medical driving licence for free.

Replacing a stolen, lost, damaged or destroyed licence:

The process costs £20.

Exchanging a paper or non – GB licence:

  • Paper licence for photocard with the change of name can only be applied through post and is for free.
  • Paper licence for photocard with an address change is also free regardless of applied online or by post.
  • Paper licence for photocard with no change in details cost £20 for both online and postal application.
  • Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence held can be applied by post only for free.
  • Full Northern Ireland licence in exchange for GB licence can also be applied by post only and is free of cost.
  • Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence not held can only be applied by post for £43.

Getting the licence back after being taken away:

Fees may vary according to the reasons; how the applicant got the licence back.

  • The applicant was disqualified for any reason except drink driving. It can only be submitted by post for £65.
  • The applicant was disqualified for drink-driving and needs to pass a medical exam with the DVLA doctor. It can also be submitted by post only for £90.
  • The applicant was disqualified for drink-driving and doesn’t need to pass a medical exam. Can only be posted for £65.
  • Applicant got the licence back after it was revoked under the new drivers act. Only postal submission can be done for £50.
  • Applicant got the licence back after it was revoked for not handing over to court or DVLA. It is only applicable by post and is for free.