Tips/Advice for when you lose your Driving Licence

What if you lost driving license? How to recover your driving license, these are some of the questions whose answers you will get here in this post. A driving license is an official document which permits an individual to operate vehicles on the highway or public road. A driving license is issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and in Northern Ireland by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).

Every driver in the United Kingdom needs to have a driving licence. Without this document, you are not allowed to drive in the country. If you have lost provisional license of yours then, you will have to apply for a duplicate one to be able to drive.

If you lose driving licence or it gets damaged, stolen or destroyed you will need to apply for a replacement. You can apply for a replacement driving licence with the DVLA, by visiting www.gov.uk website and completing the online application process. Here some tips and advice are provided for when you lose your driving licence.

Things to do if you lost your driving licence

Below are some of the instructions that you must follow if you lost drivers license of yours, as this is one of the important document that one should have with them.

  • Go to the police station that has jurisdiction over the area where your driving licence lost.
  • Lodge a complaint and make sure you get a copy of the First Information Report (FIR).
  • By reporting the loss of theft you will prevent others from being able to impersonate you, using your driving licence.
  • If you are a resident of United Kingdom and have not been disqualified from driving test for any reason then you will be able to apply for a replacement driving licence online, by phone or by post. To do this you will need to have a valid UK passport or other identity card and be able to provide the addresses you have lived at in the last three years. If you know your National Insurance number and your driving licence number then it will be more helpful. Once you have completed the online application process, you should expect to receive your replacement licence within one week.
  • If you do not want to apply online, you can apply for a replacement licence over the phone. You can call the DVLA on 0300 790 6801. You can also apply for a replacement licence by sending off a form by post. You will need to pick up the D1 application form from your local Post Office. A postal application may take up to 3 weeks to process to get your DVLA lost driving license.
  • If you lost your driving licence or it gets stolen or destroyed then it will cost you £20.00 to buy a replacement. If you are applying online, you can make the payment using debit or credit card.
  • If you have applied for a replacement driving licence and you are not disqualified from driving test, you can continue to drive while you waiting for new driving licence.
  • If you find your old licence after getting a replacement, you have to return your old licence to DVLA. You will also need to include an explanation as to what has happened, if you have requested or received a replacement.

If you are abroad

If you’re permanently abroad, then the DVLA cannot issue you a DVLA lost licence. Otherwise, if you are temporarily abroad, you will need to enclose a signed letter with your full name, date of birth, the UK address on your licence, and your address. This goes along with your D1 application and you will get your new licence mailed to you. Applies if:

  • You had a paper licence
  • You had a plastic photo card and either the photo card or paper licence was lost
  • You had a plastic photo card and lost both the photo card and paper licence, and need to make changes to your information
  • You had a plastic photo card and lost both the photo card and paper licence, do not need to make changes to your information, but do not have a Visa/MasterCard/Eurocard/Maestro credit or debit card

To take the driving theory test and practical driving test you need to be able to show your photo card, So that you won’t be told to give another driving test.
It can take a week to receive a replacement driving licence if you apply online and up to three weeks if you apply via post.

The easiest and fastest way to apply for a new driving licence is to visit the www.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet, you can apply through the post. Always try to report the loss or theft of your licence to the police, to prevent others from being able to miss use your licence.

So if you lost driving license, then you must follow the above all instructions to recover your provisional license as soon as possible.

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