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If you lose your driving licence or it gets stolen, damaged or destroyed you will need to apply for a replacement. Here we will provide tips and advice for when you lose your driving licence.

Provisional driving licences…

Although you may not hold a full driving licence, you still need to apply for a replacement provisional driving licence if you lose your green photo card. The application process is exactly the same and you will also be charged £20.00. Make sure that you report the loss or theft of your provisional licence to the police.

In order to take the driving theory test and practical driving test you need to be able to present your photo card. Therefore if you have misplaced it, or it has been stolen or damaged then you will need to re-arrange your tests. Unfortunately if you turn up on the day without a complete provisional driving licence, then you will ot be able to take your test and will have lost the fee.

If you know your test is coming up and you have lost your licence, re-arrange the test as soon as possible to avoid being charged. Remember it can take a week to receive a replacement driving licence if you apply online and up to three weeks if you apply via postal application.

What to do if you lose your driving licence??

In the UK, you will either have a paper licence or a photo card.
Providing that you are a resident of Great Britain and have not been disqualified from driving for any reason then you will be able to apply for a replacement driving licence online. In order to do this you will need to have a valid UK passport or other form of identity and be able to provide the addresses you have lived at in the last three years. It also helps if you know your National Insurance number and your driving licence number. Once you have completed the online application process, you should expect to receive your replacement licence within one week. Applying online is the quickest way to get a replacement driving licence.