According to research from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Brits spent almost £19 million in 2017, replacing lost or stolen licences.
Over 930,000 applications for replacement licences were submitted between January 2017 and January 2018 with the cost of each replacement coming in at £20.
If you do lose your licence (full or provisional) then you can apply for a new one online. It’s worth bearing in mind that if your licence is stolen, you must report the theft to the police.
To apply for a replacement licence:
• Head to the official portal to begin the process; you will need a debit or credit card to pay the £20 fee and also be able to provide the address (or addresses) of where you’ve been living over the past three years.
• Don’t forget your National Insurance number, passport number and driving licence number (if you have them).
• For your replacement driving licence photo, the DVLA will use an electronic copy of your existing passport photo if your photocard licence is due to expire within the next two years.
• If it isn’t, then the DVLA will send you a form so you can update the agency with a new photo for your licence.
• Once your application has been submitted, expect to wait a week for your new licence to arrive.
• Remember, if you find your lost licence in the meantime, you need to send it back to the DVLA.
• If you prefer, you can apply for a replacement licence by calling the DVLA or by complete form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service or most Post Offices.