What to do if my driving license is stolen?

People lose all types of documents on a daily basis and the driving license is often one of these. Just like any piece of document, however, the latter can also be replaced and there are a number of steps that have to be followed in the event of a loss.

Reporting the loss

The first, and arguably the most important thing to do is to call the police to report the loss. It is not really mandatory, but it is highly recommended for various reasons. The main one is the fact that someone can steal the mislayer’s identity to commit fraud, etc.

Applying online

Once this has been done, the next step is to apply for a replacement driving license with DVLA. This can be done in a number of ways, but the process is much faster when done online. It is worth noting that one can apply for two types of license: a full driving license or a provisional one.

A photocard driving license normally requires a photo of the applicant but those applying online do not necessarily have to deliver one in person or through the post. In fact, DVLA takes care of that in some situations. For example, if someone’s photocard license is only valid for two years or less, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will use an electronic copy of his passport photo for the new one. However, this can only be done if that person is the holder of a valid passport in the first place.

There are a number of conditions that have to be met for one to be eligible to apply for a new driving license. These are:
– The person must not have been banned from driving for whatever reason
– He must be a UK resident
– He should also indicate the addresses where he has live for the past 3 years

Through the post

Some people are not too familiar with the Internet while others simply do not want to use the phone. For these persons, it is still possible to send their application through the post. This is done by means of a D1 application form, which can be obtained at the nearest post office. If it is not available, however, it is possible to have one sent at home by DVLA. There is a special phone number for that: 0843 479 9821.

Via telephone
The application can also be made via telephone. In order to do so, one has to call the following number: 0300 790 6801. To apply via telephone, however, one’s details, for example, his address, must not have changed.

The cost
Replacing a lost driving license is not free. In the UK, there is a fee of £20 which has to be paid to get a new one. The payment can be done already when a person makes the application online and there are two different payment methods for that: credit card or debit card. DVLA currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron and Delta cards.

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