Renewing your driving licence

UK

You must renew your photo id licence every 10 years and your full driving licence once you are 70 as long as you meet the standards of vision for driving in the UK.

Every three years you will need to renew your licence after the age of 70 as long as you have no health problems which will mean you will need to be checked more frequently.

If you take insulin for treating Diabetes you may be issued with a short term driving licence for one, two or three years. Just before the expiry date, you will have to renew your licence and send a form to confirm your medical condition. Renewals of short term licences are free of charge.

Republic of Ireland

If you are under 60 years of age, you may apply for a 3-year (on medical grounds) or a 10-year licence. The maximum period is 5 years for a bus and/or truck driving licence.

If you are older than 60 but younger than 67 years of age, you may apply for a licence that will expire the day before your 70th birthday. The maximum period is 5 years for a bus and/or truck driving licence.

If you are older than 67 but under 70 years of age, you may apply for a 3-year licence.

If you are over the age of 70, you will need a certification of fitness to drive by your doctor to apply for a 3-year or a one-year licence.