You have probably lost something that’s of value to you at one point or another in your lifetime. For some of us, it’s more times than we can count be it through theft or just getting lost without a trace. From wallets, money, identification cards to a plethora of other stuff that we keep close just in case the need arises. And although it really hurts at that particular time, you somehow find a way to bounce back from the loss and move on. Say by getting it replaced.
Well, losing your driving license is no different at all. And since it’s paramount to have it so as to get by without problems you have to apply for a replacement as soon as you possibly can with the DVLA. You can do so by visiting their www.gov.uk website and completing the online request procedure.
A step by step guide of what to do after you lose your driving license
The first thing you need to do is to report the theft or loss of your driving license to the police. By so doing you prevent others from being able to use your license. Once that’s out of the way the next step that you need to take is the application step.
If you reside in the Great Britain, then you probably have either a photo card or a paper license. Now as long as you haven’t at any one point been barred from driving and you reside in the Great Britain then there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be in a position to apply for a replacement without any hurdles.
However, there are something’s that you have to have in your possession in order to do so. These include a UK passport that is considered valid or any other form of identification. This is in addition to being in a position to make available the addresses that you have resided in for the past 3 years.
It would also be of great help if you knew your driving license number and your National Insurance number as well. Once you are done with the online application, it shouldn’t take that long before you get your replacement at all. In fact, most times you get the replacement license within a period of one week.
Other methods of applying for a driving license
If you don’t want to do the online application, you can request for a replacement via phone by calling the DVLA on 0300 790 6801. However, this mode of application can only work if none of your particulars has altered.
Alternatively, if the phone call method also doesn’t quite augur well with you, you can apply for one by sending a form in the post. For this method, you will be required to pick up the D1 request form from the local post office or contact a DVLA representative on 0843 507 7923 who will then post it to your address. In most occasions, applications done via post take about 3 weeks to process.
The next time you lose your driving license you don’t need to worry. All you have to do is follow the above steps and you will get a replacement license within no time at all.