Lost Or Stolen Replacement Driving Licence: What You Need to Know

Losing or having your driving licence stolen can be an incredibly stressful experience. However, we are pleased to let you know that replacing it doesn’t have to be. In this guide, we’ll explain the process of applying for a replacement driving licence, including the costs and methods to do so.

Applying for a Replacement Online

If your driving licence is lost or stolen, you can easily apply for a replacement online through the DVLA.

Before applying online, it’s essential to report the theft to the police.

Eligibility criteria for an online replacement include being a resident of Great Britain and not disqualified from driving.

You’ll need to provide details such as your valid UK passport or alternative ID, National Insurance number, driving licence number, and addresses for the past three years.

The replacement fee is £20, payable by debit or credit card.

If your UK passport is valid and your driving licence is set to expire within 2 years, DVLA can use your passport photo for the new licence.

Alternative Methods: Phone or Post

In addition to the online option, you can apply for a replacement licence over the phone or by post.

For postal applications, you’ll need to obtain a D1 form from your local Post Office or request one from DVLA.

Postal applications may take up to three weeks to process.

Returning Your Old Licence

If you happen to find your old licence after receiving a replacement, you must return it to the DVLA along with an explanation.


Losing your driving licence can be inconvenient, but replacing it is a straightforward process. Whether you choose to apply online, over the phone, or by post, make sure to report the loss or theft to the police promptly. By taking the necessary steps, you can obtain a replacement licence efficiently and prevent fraudulent use.