The standard driving licence fee varies for different categories as follows:
- Provisional driving licence.
- Theory test.
- Practical driving test.
- Change in address, name or photo.
- Renewing the licence.
- Renewing short term medical licence.
- Replacing a stolen, lost, damaged or destroyed licence.
- Exchanging a paper or non-GB licence.
- 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).
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.