Friday, 1 January 2016

Cost of Licence for your Intensive Driving Course

There are different fees if you want to renew, exchange or amend your driving licence - or get a replacement if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged.
There are different driving licence fees in Northern Ireland.

Get your first GB driving licence

Type of licence Apply online Apply by post
First provisional licence - car, motorcycle, moped £34 £43
First full GB licence in exchange for a full European Community/European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence N/A £43

Replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed licence

This costs £20. You must replace your licence if it’s been lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed.

Change the name, address or photo on your driving licence

The fee depends on what you’re changing and how you do it.
What you’re changing Change online Change by post
Address Free Free
Name Not available Free
Photo £14 £17

Renew a driving licence

Photocard licences are valid for 10 years unless otherwise stated. You’ll get a reminder to renew your photo before your current licence ends.
Reason for renewal Apply online Apply by post
Renewing an expired driving licence £14 £17
From age 70 Free Free
For medical reasons N/A Free
Bus or lorry drivers N/A Free
After disqualification N/A £65
If disqualified for some drink-driving offences where the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) needs to arrange medical enquiries N/A £90
After your licence has been revoked (under the New Drivers Act) N/A £50
You can also renew your expired licence at a Post Office, it costs £17.

Exchange a driving licence

Reason for exchange Apply online Apply by post
Add entitlement to full or provisional licence N/A Free
Paper licence to photocard with change of address Free Free
Paper licence to photocard with change of name N/A Free
Paper licence to photocard with no change of details £20 £20
Full Northern Ireland licence to a GB licence N/A Free
Full European Community, European Economic Area or other designated foreign licence, if a previous GB licence held N/A Free
Northern Ireland licence with a GB test pass N/A Free

Improving The Driving Test

Proposed changes will not as yet effect the test for your Intensive Driving Course in Bristol

Improving the driving test (Quotes from the DVSA Website)

Newly qualified drivers continue to give some cause for concern. Some tell us that they don’t feel that the driving test prepares them adequately for driving independently after they’ve passed.

In 2015 to 2016 trials and research will be undertaken to:

  • determine the need for any changes to the practical car driving test and to support any proposals for change with evidence
  • evaluate the benefits of any subsequent changes that DVSA may consider making
Any proposed changes will be subject to public consultation.

Driving Examiners - Ongoing Industrial Action

AS industrial action by examiners is ongoing, there could possibly be n effect on the test date for your Intensive Driving Course

Advice to driving test candidates

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is doing all it can to make sure that tests go ahead as planned.

Not all examiners are union members, and DVSA expects most driving test centres to operate as normal. You should turn up for your test as planned.

Changing your driving test date

You can change your test to another date if you want to.

You must give at least 3 clear working days’ notice to change your test date or you’ll have to pay again.

If your driving test is cancelled

DVSA will book a new test appointment for you automatically if there’s no examiner available for your test.

You’ll be rebooked for the earliest available date, and DVSA will send you the details of the new appointment.

Out-of-pocket expenses

You can claim out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled, but you must have turned up for your test to be able to do this. If you don’t turn up, you’ll have to rebook your own test and won’t be able to claim expenses.

Theory tests

Theory tests aren’t affected by the strike action and will be taking place as planned.

Vehicle examiner strike action

Some vehicle examiners who are members of the PCS union are planning to take strike action at the same time as driving examiners, as listed in the table above.

DVSA is doing everything it can to make sure that vehicle tests will go ahead as planned.

You should follow the usual process and contact your local DVSA network manager if your vehicle examiner doesn’t arrive at your authorised testing facility on the day.

Minimising disruption to customers

Paul Satoor, DVSA’s Interim Chief Executive, said:

We’re doing everything we can to minimise any disruption to customers and we apologise for any inconvenience.
Staff signed up to a new standard employment contract in April 2014 in exchange for a lump-sum payment and a 3-year pay deal. This was agreed with the trade unions, and applies to all staff in the Department for Transport and motoring agencies. The pay deal included transitional arrangements that came to an end on 1 November 2015.
It’s disappointing that the trade unions have now chosen to oppose the contract they agreed in 2014.