Action #1: search again
Check properly in your bags, wallets or clothes before reporting your loss. If you find your old licence after applying for or receiving a replacement, no problem, you must return it to DVLA explaining what happened.
Action #2: report your loss
You should report the loss of your driving licence in person to your local Police station. You will be required to fill a compliant form that will help the Police in doing their work. It is important to report the loss case to reduce cases of identity theft. You can also telephone your local Police station and report the loss.
Action #3: replace your driving licence online
It's easy to get a replacement driving licence online with DVLA. Your replacement licence should arrive within 1 week. You need to:
- be a resident of Great Britain
- provide addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
- have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
- have your National Insurance number if known
- your driving licence number if you know it
- pay £20 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
- not be disqualified from driving for any reason
DVLA use an electronic copy of your passport photo for your photocard driving licence if:
- your photocard licence is due to expire within 2 years
- you have a UK passport issued in the last 5 years
If DVLA tells you your photo isn’t correct, you’ll need to print a form and send it with a new photograph.
Action #4: other ways to apply
If you’ve got a photocard driving licence
- By phone: you can apply by phone if none of your details have changed. But you can’t apply by phone if your licence wass damaged, or if it expires in less than 56 days (90 days if it’s expiring for medical reasons). DVLA: 0300 790 6801 - Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm ; Saturday, 8am to 2pm.
- By post: for a car or motorbike licence, complete form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service or most Post Offices. Then, send it to the address on the form along with the correct fee (also shown on the form). Please include the part of your licence you still have if only 1 part is missing. Postal applications take up to 3 weeks.
If you’ve got a paper driving licence
You can only apply by post. For a car or motorbike licence, complete form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service or most Post Offices. You'll need to send original documents confirming your identity; include a passport-type photo and application to the address on the form along with the correct fee (also shown on the form). Postal applications take up to 3 weeks.
Action #5: driving while waiting for the new driving licence
You can drive before you receive your new driving licence as long as you:
- have held a Great Britain or Northern Ireland licence issued since 1 January 1976 or another exchangeable licence
- have made a qualifying application for a licence
- aren't disqualified from driving
- haven't been refused a licence for medical reasons or for failing to comply with medical enquiries
- wouldn't be refused a licence for medical reasons (if in doubt, check with your doctor)
- keep to any special conditions which apply to the licence
The information contained in these guides are practices that Lost Property desk offers to you… The guidance does not constitute legal advise, and Lost Property desk takes no legal responsibility for actions taken based on the guidance.