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How to Get Your Licence Back After Being Disqualified

Shortly before you are entitled to drive again, you should apply to the DVLA for a new driving licence, but first check the details about the High Risk Offender Scheme within this section of the Web site, to see if it is applicable in your case.

You must apply for a new licence, even if your old licence has not run out.

Renewal Reminder

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will send you a D27P ‘driving licence application for renewal after disqualification’ 56 days before your disqualification ends.

Photocard Driving Licence Holder

You'll need to:

  • Complete your D27P form
  • Enclose the payment as shown on the reminder
  • Send your completed application to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB

If your name has changed you'll also need to send (along with the above):

  • A completed D1 form available from the DVLA form ordering service or Post Office branches
  • Original documentation confirming your new name

A message on your D27P form will also tell you if your photo is due for renewal, and whether you'll need to include a new passport style photo.

Paper Driving Licence Holder

You'll need to:

  • Complete your D27P form
  • Enclose the payment as shown on the reminder
  • Enclose a passport type photo
  • Send all your documents to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB or you can use the premium checking service at selected Post Office branches or DVLA local offices
  • Renewing Without a D27P 'driving licence application for renewal after disqualification'

    If, for any reason, you don't receive the reminder application form, you can complete a D1 'application for a driving licence'. This is available from the DVLA form ordering service or Post Office branches. Also enclose the appropriate fee to renew after disqualification.

    If you want to change your photo on your licence, simply enclose one with your application.

    When to expect your new driving licence

    DVLA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application.  It will take longer if your health or personal details need to be checked.  Allow at least three weeks for your driving licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.

    If you are disqualified for some alcohol related offences, DVLA will make medical enquiries before your driving licence can be renewed.

These offences are:

  • disqualified with an alcohol limit of over: 200mg in 100 ml of blood; or 87.5mg in 100ml of breath; or 267.5mgin 100 ml of urine
  • disqualified twice in 10 yearsfor certain alcohol related offences
  • disqualified for failing or refusing to give a specimen (blood, breath or urine) for testing

When your licence is issued it will have a number of added security features. One of the main differences is a laser engraved black and white photograph. 
For full information about applying for your driving licence, or to contact the DVLA call 0300 790 6801.

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