Applying for and obtaining a UK Driving Licence continues beyond these steps.
You will need to renew your driving licence every ten years, or you can be fined up to £1,000 if the licence is expired while driving.
However, your driving licence officially expires once you reach 70 years old.
Not to worry! That does not mean that you cannot drive anymore.
Once you reach 70 years old, all you need to do is to renew your driving licence every three years after.
Thus, having a driving licence over 70 years old is still possible.
In fact, there are 818,835 licence holders aged 70 to 79, 137,356 licence holders aged 80 to 89, 10,046 licence holders aged 90 to 99, and 71 licence holders aged 100 and above.
However, keep in mind that there are over 70 driving licence restrictions.
This article covers everything you need to know about having a driving licence upon reaching 70.
Moreover, it also teaches the steps on how to renew and commonly asked questions.
In summary, the article topics are:
- What Are Over 70 Driving Licence Restrictions
- What Happens If a Medical Condition Affects Your Driving
- Who Can Renew Driving Licence Online for 70 and Over
- How to Renew Driving Licence for 70 and Over
- Additional Frequently Asked Questions
- 1 What Are Over 70 Driving Licence Restrictions
- 2 What Happens If a Medical Condition Affects Your Driving
- 3 Who Can Renew Driving Licence Online for 70 and Over
- 4 How to Renew Driving Licence for 70 and Over
- 5 Additional Frequently Asked Questions
- 6 Final Thoughts
- 7 Further Reading
What Are Over 70 Driving Licence Restrictions
You need to make sure you are fit enough to drive. Thus, you should not have any physical or medical condition that may affect your driving.
It is part of your legal responsibility to inform the DVLA of any health condition that affects your driving.
Having a medical condition does not mean you are not allowed to drive anymore, but the DVLA only needs to ensure that you can drive safely with your doctor’s approval.
The following medical conditions recognised by the DVLA that can affect your safety while driving are:
- diabetes (under insulin medication)
- heart diseases like atrial fibrillation and those with pacemakers
- sleep apnoea
- syncope or fainting
If you have a medical condition not mentioned above that potentially hinders you from driving safely, you still need to report it to the DVLA.
Not reporting your medical condition can penalise you with up to a £1,000 fine.
Moreover, you can be charged penalties and offences if an accident happens because of your medical condition.
Here is a complete list of medical conditions that you may need to report to the DVLA.
List of Medical Conditions (A – Z)
|Medical Conditions (A – K)
|Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
|Coronary artery bypass or disease
|Ectropion (outward eyelid)
|Heart valve disease or replacement valve
|Autistic spectrum condition
|Balloon angioplasty (leg)
|Corrective laser treatment
|Entropion (inward eyelid)
|Herpes simplex keratitis
|Carotid artery stenosis
|Cosmetic eye surgery
|Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
|High blood pressure
|Bilateral artery occlusion (retinal)
|Central vein occlusion
|Cranial nerve palsy (with double vision)
|Central venous thrombosis
|Cranial nerve palsy (without double vision)
|Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
|Flashers/floaters (in eye)
|Brachial plexus injury
|Foreign body (in eye)
|Brain abscess, cyst or encephalitis
|Hypoxic brain damage
|Chronic aortic dissection
|Dendritic ulcer (corneal ulcer)
|Chronic central serous retinopathy
|Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
|Brain injury (traumatic)
|Iris neovascular (Rubeosis)
|Diabetic retinopathy (no laser treatment)
|Grand mal seizures
|Branch retinal vein occlusion
|Diabetic retinopathy (with laser treatment)
|Ischaemic heart disease
|Computer vision syndrome
|Congenital heart disease
|Diplopia (double vision)
|Burr hole surgery
|Medical Conditions (L – Z)
|Lazy eye (without double vision)
|Reis Bucklers corneal dystrophy
|Monocularity myopia (shortsightedness)
|Leber’s optic atrophy
|Motor neurone disease
|Retinal artery fugax
|Left bundle branch block
|Retinal artery thrombosis
|Retinal occlusion (artery or vein)
|Lewy body dementia
|Retinal tear or detachment
|Peripheral arterial disease
|Retinal vein thrombosis
|Temporal lobe epilepsy
|Long QT syndrome
|Thyroid related orbitopathy
|Retinopathy (with laser treatment)
|Tonic clonic fits
|Loss of an eye
|Neovascularization of the cornea
|Petit mal seizures
|Toxoplasma retinitis (toxoplasmosis)
|Low blood sugar
|Neovascularization of the optic nerve head
|Retinopathy of prematurity
|Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
|Transient global amnesia
|Rubeosis (1 or 2 eyes)
|Transient ischaemic attack
|Obsessive compulsive disorder
|Posner Schlossman syndrome
|Obstructive sleep apnoea
|Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
|Posterior vitreous detachment
|Valve disease or replacement valve
|Ocular myasthenia gravis (with double vision)
|Severe communication disorders
|Malignant brain tumours
|Ocular myasthenia gravis (without double vision)
|Vision in one eye only
|Manic depressive psychosis
|Ophthalmoplegia (with double vision)
|Sight in one eye only
|Visual acuity (reduced)
|Ophthalmoplegia (without double vision)
|Sjogren’s lupus syndrome
|Pulmonary arterial hypertension
|Memory problems (severe)
|Recurrent corneal erosion
|Spinal problems and injuries
|Stargardt’s (juvenile macular degeneration)
What Happens If a Medical Condition Affects Your Driving
After contacting the DVLA about your medical condition, they will decide if you can continue driving, have a doctor examine you, or ask you to take a driving assessment or additional eyesight test.
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from driving safely, you may be asked to surrender your driving licence.
This normally happens if the doctor determines that you are not fit to drive and do not meet the minimum requirements for driving.
Moreover, if you have a health condition that lasts for three months or more that affects your driving, you may also need to surrender your driving licence.
Who Can Renew Driving Licence Online for 70 and Over
You can renew your driving licence online as early as three months before you turn 70.
Before you renew online, make sure you have the following requirements:
- a valid UK passport number
- your National Insurance number
- an email address
- your addresses in the last three years
The online renewal service is available for:
- Great Britain residents
- 70 or over, or will be 70 in the next three months
- Those with an expired British driving licence
- Those who meet the standard eyesight requirements
- Those who are not disqualified from driving
How to Renew Driving Licence for 70 and Over
After completing the requirements mentioned above, you can apply online to renew. Follow the steps below to renew your driving licence online for 70 and over.
- Visit the page Renew your driving licence if you’re 70 or over or Welsh (Cymraeg) of GOV.UK.
- Click Start Now.
- Complete the Authentication step (Security of your data, Your details, Your addresses, Your driver record, Security details, National Insurance number, and UK passport number).
- Complete the Application step.
- Check the Summary to see if it is correct.
- Finish the Confirmation page.
- Check that the details are correct and click Submit Now.
- Wait for an email confirmation with your reference number.
- Use the reference number to track your application online.
If you cannot apply online, you can still renew your driving licence by post. Follow the steps below to apply by post.
- Fill out the D46P application form sent by the DVLA.
- If you did not receive a form from the DVLA, use the D1 form ‘Application for a Driving Licence’ available in most Post Offices.
- Send the application to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DH.
- Wait for your driving licence to arrive in three weeks. However, it may be longer than three weeks if verification is needed on your personal details or medical condition.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions
Is online application better than post to renew the driving licence for 70 and over?
Online application is faster than post. It takes only a few minutes to complete the application online and you will be able to receive your driving licence within five days.
On the other hand, application by post may take three weeks before you can receive your driving licence.
Is there a fee to renew a driving licence for 70 and over?
No. Renewing your driving licence for 70 and over is free. Using the online service on GOV.UK is free of charge and is the quickest way to renew.
Is the online renewal service available anytime?
The online service is available 24/7 for 365 days a year. Thus, you can renew anytime at your most convenient time.
Can I drive while my driving licence is still being processed?
Yes, you can continue driving while your application is being processed as long as you meet the following requirements:
- Had a valid driving licence before the application
- Your application is less than a year
- Continue driving under the conditions and categories of your previous driving licence
- Your doctor allows you to continue driving
- You are not disqualified to drive
- Your previous licence was not revoked due to medical conditions
- Not a high-risk offender on or after June 1st 2013
How can I drive safely as a 70 or over driving licence holder?
There are several ways to ensure your safety while driving. You can make vehicle modifications to assist you visually and physically.
Moreover, it is best to have regular checkups and driving assessments. You can also apply to be a Blue Badge holder to be exempted from parking restrictions and have access to designated parking spots.
How to contact the DVLA about my medical condition?
Those in Northern Ireland should contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).
You can never be too old to drive as long as you are fit enough to drive physically and mentally.
The bottom line is that medical conditions affecting one’s ability to drive safely are the only factors that can restrict you from getting a licence and driving on the road. Contact the DVLA about it and get the necessary approval before driving.
Moreover, remember to use GOV.UK’s online service to renew your driving licence fast and hassle-free.
Do not trust third-party services asking for payment to process your application since the GOV.UK is the only website offering the online service for free. It is available 24 hours all year round.
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