Driver and Vehicle Licensing (DVL) is reminding islanders to check their driving licence expiry date and to renew online.
Those under 70 years old who don’t have a medical condition affecting their licence will usually have a driving licence that expires every decade, for example at their 20th, 30th, 40th birthday etc. Those who are over 70 years old will need to renew their licence every three years. Anyone who holds categories to drive larger vehicles such as lorries and buses will be required to renew more frequently.
Driving licences generally expire on the last day of the month before a birthday, for example if someone’s birthday was on 10th November, the licence will normally expire on 31st October. Those who have an email address registered with DVL will be sent an email reminder before the licence expires, but not everyone is signed up for this.
Islanders who have a provisional motorbike licence (categories P, A, or A1) are reminded that they must hold a valid Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate and are also asked to check that their licence is in date and valid. These licences must be renewed before they expire, and validated by undertaking a repeat CBT course (Direct Access) within one month of renewal. If the licence has expired, it usually cannot be renewed for another 12 months. There are a few exceptions in respect of validating the licence, but if the course hasn’t been completed in time, the licence won’t cover someone to drive their motorbike and they should contact DVL immediately by emailing email@example.com or calling 01481 221000.
Driving with an out of date or invalid driving licence is illegal and may also invalidate insurance policies.
Those who are already registered online with DVL can renew their licences online at traffic.gov.gg if they don’t require a medical.
For those who don’t have an online account, they can apply online at gov.gg/DVLonline. Applying online is quick, easy and can be done at a convenient time and location.
For anyone who is unable to renew their driving licence online, islanders are reminded that DVL moved to Edward T. Wheadon House in June 2022 and is no longer based at Bulwer Avenue, except for practical driving tests.