Change the photo on your driving licence

You need to renew your full or provisional driving licence if you want to update your photo. You’ll get a new licence.

You can apply online with the DVLA if you have a valid UK passport and want to use your passport photo.

It costs £14 when you apply online.

This service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

You cannot apply online if your name or title has changed or if you have a 5-year bus or lorry licence.

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Before you start

To renew online you must:

You’ll need:

  • a valid UK passport
  • your driving licence (if you do not have your licence you must say why in your application)
  • your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years


A new licence costs £14. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence).

DVLA will get the photo and signature for your new driving licence from your passport. If this is not possible you will not be able to change your photo online.

DVLA will send you a confirmation email once you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.

If you have a photocard driving licence, you must renew it every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.

Applying by post

Fill in form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’. You can get it from most Post Offices. Include:

  • a new passport type photo taken within the last month (do not sign the back of the photo)
  • the photocard and paper counterpart of your current licence (if you’ve lost either, tick the relevant box on the D1 form)
  • a cheque or postal order for £17, payable to DVLA (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence)

Send your application and fee (if needed) to DVLA.

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If you’ve changed your name, you’ll also need to include identity documents.