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Contact Us - Driver and Vehicle Licensing

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On this page you will find information on our online services, and applying for a provisional, full or duplicate licence, also what is required when you change your name or address and when exchanging a foreign licence

  • COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions regarding your Driving Licence

    • Are your offices at Bulwer Avenue currently open?
    • Our office is currently closed to the public.  However, we do have a small team of staff in the office and some working remotely. 
    • We are accepting applications by post, email or via our online services.  Further information is available in the sections below. 
    • However, we are prioritising driving licence applications for key workers so please note that other applications may take longer than usual to be processed.
    • How can I apply for a driving licence during the current restrictions?
    • Users who are eligible or already have an activated online account can apply for their driving licence at https://traffic.gov.gg/.  However, unfortunately, this service is not available to anyone require a medical check as part of their application.
    • To check if you are eligible for an online account please complete the following form: https://gov.gg/trafficonlineservices.  
    • If you apply online you will need to upload a recent photograph and pay online using a debit/credit card.
    • If you are unable to apply online, you can either email or post your completed application forms to us at dvl@gov.gg .  Once we have received the forms we will contact you to take payment.
    • More information on the required paperwork and fees and be found below.  
    • What happens if my driving licence expires, am I still covered to drive?
    • If your licence has expired you are NOT covered to drive.  However, you can still renew a full licence up to 5 years after the licence expiry date without having to retake a driving test.
    • Some provisional licences can also be renewed after the expiry date. Please contact us for further information about expired provisional driving licences at dvl@gov.gg.
    • I have applied and paid for my driving licence but not received it. Am I covered to drive?
    • Once your application has been processed and paid for it will be active so you are covered to drive.  Unfortunately, due to only having a skeleton team in the office, it may take several weeks until you receive the physical driving licence in the post.
    • I am required to submit a medical report to renew my driving licence. How do I do this under the current restrictions?
    • Many GP surgeries are still arranging appointments with patients to complete their medical report form. This could be either in person at the surgery or, in certain cases, following a consultation with your GP over the phone. Please check with your surgery. 
    • If you are able to get the medical report completed, please submit this with your application form to us at dvl@gov.gg or post to the address on the forms.  There is no need to send in your current driving licence.
    • We will not know how much the new licence will cost until your application has been cleared by our medical team.  You will be contacted to advise of the fee and how to make payment. 
    • I need a new photo for my driving licence application but nowhere is open to have a passport photo taken. What should I do?
    • If you are currently unable to supply a new photograph, we can still process your application so that you are covered to drive. Once our offices reopen you will need to come in to have a new photograph taken.
    • I have not previously had my identity checked but need to apply for a driving licence. How do I get documents attested under the current restrictions?
    • Currently, the only method to prove your identity if you have not previously been ID checked is by emailing or posting to us: 
      • an attested copy of your passport along with a completed ID-Check Form; or
      • an attested copy of your birth certificate along with a completed ID-Check Form and attested photographs.
    • An attested copy of your marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll should also be included if you have changed name.
    • We appreciate that obtaining attested documents at this time may be difficult.  However, we are unable to process your application without this information.
    • Further information can be found below.
    • I have applied for a provisional motorcycle licence so need to take a CBT/DA Course. How can I do this during the current restrictions? What happens if I don't take the course within the required time period?
    • We are currently reviewing the legislation in relation to the requirements for motorcycle training courses for provisional licences.
    • However, at present, if you have been unable to undertake a Compulsory Basic Training Course or a Direct Access course within one month of renewing your provisional motorcycle licence, your licence will not be validated and you are not covered to drive.
    • I have recently moved to the island. How do I exchange my driving licence to a Guernsey one?
    • You have 12 months from the date that you arrived in the island to exchange your driving licence to a Guernsey one.  More information on the required paperwork and fees and be found below.
  • Renewing your Driving Licence - Online Applications

    • Check if you are eligible for an online account by completing the following enquiry form:  https://gov.gg/trafficonlineservices.  
    • Some Guernsey residents can now:
      • apply to renew an existing full driving licence online
      • apply to renew an existing provisional licence online; (for scooter & motorcycles categories see Note 1 below) (for F, G, B1 or L categories see Note 2 below)
    • The only exception to this is if;
      • you have not previously provided Driver & Vehicle Licencing with an email address; (see Note 6 below)
      • you have not previously provided proof of identification; (see Note 5 below)
      • you will not be able to apply for a driving licence if you require a medical; (see Note 4 below)
      •  this is your first Guernsey driving licence; (see Note 3 below)
    • Online renewal process
      • If you have already set up an account, Login to https://traffic.gov.gg;
      • Enter your driving licence number and password;
      • If you have forgotten your password, please click on the "Forgot password?" link and follow the reset instructions;
      • If you are unsure if you have set up your account, please contact us at https://gov.gg/trafficonlineservices and we will advise you if you are eligible for online service
    • Online applications
      • To complete the process you will require;
        • A recent digital photograph of yourself (to passport specifications) that you can upload. Alternatively, if you are using a mobile device with a camera you can take a selfie.
        • A debit or credit card to pay for you new licence. Current fees and charges
    •  Returning your current driving licence
      • If renewing your driving licence, there is no need to return your old driving licence.  Your new licence will be sent to you once your old licence expires.   
      • If you are adding categories to your existing licence or notifying us of a change of address, you will need to return your current driving licence (both plastic and paper part) before we can legally issue you with your new driving licence.  
      • Your current driving licence can be posted to;
      • Driver & Vehicle Licencing
      • FREEPOST 301
      • Guernsey
      • GY2 4LR
    • Other Online Services
      • In addition to renewing your driving licence, you can:
        • notify us of a change of address.
        • add a new licence category to an existing driving licence (after successfully passing a theory and practical driving test)
        • apply for a new provisional licence category;
        • request a duplicate driving licence;
    • Notes
      • Note 1 - If you hold a provisional motorcycle licence for categories P, A1 or A, and fail to renew it within the specified period you will not be able to hold a provisional licence in the same category for 12 months.  When you have renewed your provisional motorcycle licence you must also successfully complete a further training course for motorcyclists (a Direct Access course which is a shortened CBTwithin one month of your new licence, for it to remain valid. You may ride on the roads with your new provisional licence for the month during which you are attempting to pass the Direct Access Course. Should you fail to past the test within the specified time period your new provisional licence will become invalid and you will not be able to hold a provisional licence in the same category for 12 months
      • Note 2 - If you hold a provisional driving licence for categories F, G, B1 or L, then your licence cannot be renewed in the same category until a year after its expiry.
      • Note 3 -  New Drivers   and  New residents to the Island
      • Note 4 - Medicals
        • Unfortunately, if you have any medical conditions you will not be able to apply online. In addition, if you are over the age of 45 AND the holder of categories C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE (Large goods vehicle, minibus and large passenger carrying vehicle), then you will require a medical to confirm fitness to drive, and will have to apply in person. Further information is available here
      • Note 5 - Proof of identification
        • Prior to using online services we need to confirm your identity. If you have section '14' on the reverse of your driving licence with a date, you have been ID checked.
      • Note 6 - Email address
        • In order to use online services you will have needed to provide Driver & Vehicle Licencing with a unique email address. You can check if you have provided an email address by completing the following form: https://gov.gg/trafficonlineservices
        • Please visit www.gov.gg/dvl for further information or contact us by email dvl@gov.gg or telephone 01481 243400
  • Renewing your Driving Licence - Postal Applications

    • You may apply to renew your full licence within two months and your provisional licence within one month before the expiry date as stated on the licence card (4b)
    • To renew your driving licence you will need to:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form.
      • submit the following form if you have not been ID checked: ID Check Form.  (If a check has already been carried out a date will have been inserted at No14 on the back of the plastic part of your licence)
    • Forms can be scanned and emailed to dvl@gov.gg (preferred) or posted (address on the forms)
    • Please note there is no need to return your old driving licence and we will contact you separately for payment.
  • Applying for your First Provisional Licence

    • To find out which licence categories you can apply for click here.
    • To apply for a new provisional licence you will first need to complete and post or email to us the following forms: pdf icon Online Account Form [172kb] and pdf icon Identification Check Form [447kb]
    • Following receipt of this we will be in touch to advise how you can apply for your driving licence.
  • Applying for a Provisional licence when you already hold a Full Licence

    • To find out which licence categories you can apply for click here.
    • To apply for a new provisional licence you need to:
    • Your new provisional licence will be separate to your full licence.
    • Further information on licence fees can be found here.
  • Information for learner drivers

    • For categories P, A1 or A you are not permitted to ride on the road until you have successfully completed the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course for motorcyclists approved by the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and provided by GMTS, and have been issued with a certificate of completion. Find further information on CBT hereFAQ on CBT
    • If you are driving/riding a moped, a light motorcycle, a motorcycle, an agricultural tractor, a road repairing machine or a motorised tricycle or a quadricycle (categories P, A1, A, F, G or B1) under the terms of your provisional licence, you do not need to be supervised/accompanied by a full licence holder. The same is true if you are driving an electrically propelled vehicle within category L, if it is only designed to be occupied solely by the driver.
    • For B, C and D categories please remember that you may only drive a vehicle when you are being supervised by a person who has held a full driving licence in the relevant category for at least one year.
    • You will need to display "L" plates on the front and rear of your motorcycle or vehicle in a prominent position.
    • We recommend that you take driving lessons with a registered driving instructor. A poster listing the registered schools is available here:
    • You must then pass a theory & practical driving test before you are able to apply for a 'full' driving licence
    • Please note:
      • If you hold categories F, G, B1 or L you must pass the driving test in these categories within two years. Should you not do so you will be required to wait one year before a further provisional licence in these categories will be issued.
    • Further details on learning to drive can be found here.
    • Follow this link for information on safe driving - arrive alive
  • Applying for your full licence after passing your test

    • To obtain a full licence you must:
    • Driving licences usually run to the month before a decade birthday, e.g. 20, 30, 40.etc.   Therefore, if your provisional licence runs to your next decade birthdays then there is no charge for upgrading from a provisional to a full licence. If however, your provisional licence was due to expire before your next decade birthday you will be charged £5.00 per year up to your next decade birthday. See "Motoring fees & charges".
    • Please note:
      • If you wish to keep any remaining categories on your provisional licence, this can be applied for on the same application form, and will be reprinted onto a new provisional licence.
      • If the paper either part of the licence cannot be found and the licence is still in date, you will need to apply for a duplicate licence.
  • Adding an extra category to an existing licence

    • To add a category to your existing licence you need to:
      • Complete a driving licence application form stating the category you want to add.
      • Submit both the card and paper counterpart of your licence.
      • Pay the fee of £28.50.
  • Reapplying for your licence after Disqualification from driving

    • To reapply after disqualification you will need to submit a completed driving licence application form.
    • You can reapply for your licence categories up to a month before your disqualification is due to end.
    • Please note that:
      • The minimum reissue fee will be £28.50 but may be higher depending on the length of the licence; and 
      • Some disqualifications require you retake your test.  Therefore you will need to apply for a 'provisional' licence..
    • Please click here for further information.
  • Change of address

    • Driving Licence
      • submit both the card and paper counterpart of your licence (both full and provisional licences if applicable) with your new address completed on the back of the paper counterpart.
      • submit the following form if you have not been ID checked: ID Check Form.  (If a check has already been carried out a date will have been inserted at No14 on the back of the plastic part of your licence)
      • There is no fee.
      • Please note, if you cannot supply the paper part of your driving licence, please complete the following form:  pdf icon Change of Details Form [158kb].  If you have lost both part of your licence you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence See "Motoring fees & charges".
    • Vehicles Registration Documents
      • submit all Vehicle Registration Certificates (VRC)  with your new address completed on the back.
      • There is no fee.
      • Please note - If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring fees & charges".
  • Change of name

    • Driving Licence
      • Please note - If you cannot supply either part of your licence(s) you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • There is no fee.
      • have a new photograph taken at counter if your last one was taken over 5 years ago.
      • provide proof of your change of name (marriage certificate, deed poll, divorce paper).
      • submit the following form if you have not been ID checked: ID Check Form.  (If a check has already been carried out a date will have been inserted at No14 on the back of the plastic part of your licence)
      • Please note, if you cannot supply the paper part of your driving licence, please complete the following form:  pdf icon Change of Details Form [158kb].  If you have lost both part of your licence you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence See "Motoring fees & charges".
    • Vehicles Registration Documents
      • submit all Vehicle Registration Certificates (VRC)  with your new name completed on the back.
      • There is no fee.
      • Please note - If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring fees & charges".
  • Exchanging your UK or foreign licence for a Guernsey licence

    • If you will be living permanently in the Bailiwick of Guernsey then you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Guernsey licence within one year.
    • A list of foreign driving licences that can be exchanged for a Guernsey Licence can be found here.
    • If your licence is not accepted, you will be required to apply for a provisional driving licence, and pass a theory and practical driving test.
    • To obtain a Guernsey licence you must:
      • complete driving licence application form. (you also need to provide a passport sized photograph)
      • complete the following form in order that we can verify your identify here.
      • surrender your foreign driving licence. (If you have misplaced your licence then you must apply for an extract of your licence from the jurisdiction where it was issued.)
      • submit a medical form filled in by your doctor, if you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form OR you are over the age of 45 AND have categories C, CE, D, D1, D1E or DE on your foreign licence. (These are medium good vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and bus and minibus categories . Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.
      • Please note - we are unable to exchange provisional driving licences.
      • Further Information about driving in Guernsey can be found here.
  • Applying for a Duplicate Driving Licence (Lost or stolen driving licence)

    • If one of both parts of your licence is lost or stolen, you will need to:
    • Please note:
      • You will be issued with a new card and matching paper counterpart of your current licence.
      • The dates will remain the same and your licence will still expired the same day as previously.
      • if the missing licence subsequently comes into your possession, you must return it to our office.
  • Information for new residents

  • International Driving Permit  (Driving abroad)

    • Please follow this link
  • Payments

    • Payment for the services provided can be made in cash, cheque (payable to the 'States of Guernsey' or in respect of Alderney residents, 'States of Alderney'), debit or credit card. We do not take American Express.
  • Driving Licence Facts

    • In Guernsey we issue a two part Driving Licence. Both parts (the card and matching paper counterpart) must be surrendered for any licence transaction.
    • The licence numbers on your card and paper counterpart must match. The issue digit at the end of the licence number increases every time a new licence is issued.
      • Both licence parts must have the same issue number (found at section 5 on your licence card. e.g. 12345/1)
    • If your licence has been ID checked, your new licence will have been reprinted with a Section 14 on the back of your licence card, with the date of the ID check stated.
      • If section 14 doesn't appear, you will need to provide ID the next time your licence is processed. (Passport or if you do not hold a passport, a completed ID attestation form with birth certificate, 2 attested passport sized photos - See Identification Check Form.)
    • Licences can be renewed 2 months before the expiry date for a Full licence and 1 month before for a Provisional licence. (Expiry date is part 4b on the front of your licence card.)
    • Photos over 5 years old will need to be updated.
    • New Driving Licences can take up to 2 weeks to arrive by post, however, once processed at counter the licence is valid and you are covered to drive.
    • You will require a medical form to be completed by your doctor if:
      • You answer YES to any of the medical questions on the driving licence application form.
      • You are over the age of 45 and have categories C, CE,D, D1, D1E & DE on your licence. (These are heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and bus and minibus categories.) (Categories are at section 9 on the bottom of your licence card).

 Follow this link to contact us if you'd like more information or guidance.

Important information on how driving licences may be affected by Brexit can be found via the pdf icon Guernsey No Deal Brexit Guide [739kb]

Downloads

Services & information for new motorists Driving licence application form (new, provisional or duplicate) Identification check form for a driving licence application Medical conditions, disabilities and driving Vehicle Categories and Driver Age Driving Disqualifications and your Driving Licence Motoring & driving test fees & charges Identity Checks (Guidance Notes) Hiring A Vehicle Abroad The Highway Code for Guernsey Registered driving instructor's Code of Practice

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