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On this page you will find information about our online services, and applying for a provisional, full or duplicate driving licence, notifying a change of name/address or exchanging a foreign driving licence

 

  • Guernsey driving licences

    • A Guernsey driving licence consists of two parts (a plastic card and a paper counterpart). If you are applying to add a category to your existing driving licence, have passed your driving test or have changed your name/address you will need to hand in your current driving licence before we can issue you with your new driving licence.
    • Online applications
      • A driving licence can be applied for online (if you have an activated online account), by post or in person at our Bulwer Avenue Office.
      • For applications made via our online services, the driving licence will be valid as soon as you have applied and paid for it online. The new driving licence will be sent to you by post in 2-3 working days but you will be covered to drive in the meantime.
    • Postal or in person applications
      • For applications made by post or in person, we aim to post the licence to you within 2-3 weeks of your application. 
      • If you have not received your licence within two months of applying, please contact us and we can provide an update.
      • Subject to a valid application being received prior to the expiry date of your current driving licence, you should be covered to drive from the start date of the new licence EVEN if you have not yet received the physical driving licence by that date.
    • If you require your physical driving licence sooner, we offer a fast track service at extra cost. There are two options:
      • Same Day - £30
        Apply by 11am to collect the driving licence the same day at 3pm
         
      • Next Working Day - £20
        Apply by 2pm to collect the driving licence the following working day at 3pm
    • In both cases you would need to pay before we can fast track your driving licence. If you have changed address, you will need to bring in proof of your new address e.g. recent utility bill when you collect the driving licence. You would need to let us know in advance if someone else will be collecting the driving licence on your behalf.
    • Guernsey driving licence categories
      • Information about what vehicles your Guernsey driving licence will cover you to drive is available here.
      • Information on driving licence requirement when towing a trailer is available here.
  • 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 Licensing 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)
      • you are exchanging a foreign 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 services
    • 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.     
      • If you are adding categories to your existing driving 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 Licensing
        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 driving licence category to an existing driving licence (after successfully passing a theory and practical driving test);
        • apply for a new provisional driving licence category;
        • request a duplicate driving licence.
    • Notes
      • Note 1 - If you hold a provisional motorcycle driving 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 driving 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 version of CBTwithin one month of the start date of your new driving licence, for it to remain valid. You may ride on the roads with your new provisional driving 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 driving licence will become invalid and you will not be able to hold a provisional driving licence in the same category for 12 months
      • Note 2 - If you hold a provisional driving licence for categories F, G, B1 or L, your driving licence cannot be renewed in the same category until 12 months after its expiry.
      • Note 3 - 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 or DE (large goods vehicles, minibuses or large passenger carrying vehicles), you will require a medical form to be completed by a local doctor to confirm your fitness to drive. Further information is available here
      • Note 5 - Proof of identification
        Prior to using online services we need to confirm your identity. If your identity has already been verified, a date will have been inserted in section 14 on the back of the plastic part of your driving licence.
      • Note 6 - Email address
        In order to use online services you will have needed to provide Driver & Vehicle Licensing with a unique email address. You can check whether you have already 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 223400
  • Renewing your driving licence - postal applications

    • You may apply to renew your full driving licence within two months and your provisional driving licence within one month (See Notes 1 and 2 below) before the expiry date as stated on your driving licence card in section 4b.
    • To renew your driving licence you will need to:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form;
      • submit a recent photograph to the following pdf icon specification [142kb];
      • if you have not previously had your identity verified, submit your original passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you are submitting an ID verification form you will also need to bring your birth certificate. If you post in your original passport, it will be returned to you via recorded delivery.  (If your identity has already been verified, a date will have been inserted in section 14 on the back of the plastic part of your driving licence).
    • Forms can be scanned and emailed to dvl@gov.gg or posted to us.
    • Please note there is no need to return your current driving licence and we will contact you separately for payment.
    • If you are unable to print an application form, please request one using the 'Contact Us' form at the bottom of this page.
    • Notes
      • Note 1 - If you hold a provisional motorcycle driving 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 driving 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 version of CBTwithin one month of the start date of your new driving licence, for it to remain valid. You may ride on the roads with your new provisional driving 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 driving licence will become invalid and you will not be able to hold a provisional driving licence in the same category for 12 months
      • Note 2 - If you hold a provisional driving licence for categories F, G, B1 or L, your licence cannot be renewed in the same category until 12 months after its expiry.
  • Renewing your driving licence - in person

    • You may apply to renew your full driving licence within two months and your provisional driving licence within one month (See Notes 1 and 2 below) before the expiry date as stated on your driving licence card in section 4b.
    • To renew your driving licence in person you will need to:
      • visit our Bulwer Avenue Office where you will need to complete a driving licence application form, have your photograph taken and make payment.
      • if you have not previously had your identity verified, bring your passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you are submitting an ID verification form you will also need to bring your birth certificate.
    • Notes
      • Note 1 - If you hold a provisional motorcycle driving 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 driving 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 version of CBTwithin one month of the start date of your new driving licence, for it to remain valid. You may ride on the roads with your new provisional driving 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 driving licence will become invalid and you will not be able to hold a provisional driving licence in the same category for 12 months
      • Note 2 - If you hold a provisional driving licence for categories F, G, B1 or L, your licence cannot be renewed in the same category until 12 months after its expiry.
  • Applying for a provisional driving licence

    • To find out which driving licence categories you can apply for click here. 
    • You can apply one month prior to reaching the minimum age for the category you are applying for.
    • To apply for your provisional licence, you will need to:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form;
      • submit a recent photograph to the following pdf icon specification [142kb];
      • submit your existing valid Guernsey provisional driving licence, if applicable;
      • if you are applying for your first Guernsey driving licence or have not previously had your identity verified, submit your original passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you are submitting an ID verification form you will also need to bring your birth certificate. If you post in your original passport, it will be returned to you via recorded delivery.  (If your identity has already been verified, a date will have been inserted in section 14 on the back of the plastic part of your driving licence).
    • We will contact you for payment if this is required.
  • 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 the Guernsey Motorcycle Training Scheme (GMTS)  and have been issued with a certificate of completion.
    • Further information on CBT courses are available below:
    • 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 driving 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 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 12 months before a further provisional driving licence in these categories can be issued.
    • Further details on learning to drive can be found here.
    • Follow this link for information on safe driving - arrive alive
  • Applying for a full driving licence after passing your driving test

    • To obtain a full driving licence you will need to:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form;
      • submit your current driving licence(s);
      • provide your practical driving test pass certificate (small green pass slip).
    • We will contact you for payment if this is required.
    • Driving licences usually run to the month before a decade birthday, e.g. 20, 30, 40 etc.   Therefore, if your current provisional driving licence runs to your next decade birthday, there is no charge for upgrading from a provisional to a full driving licence. If however, your provisional driving licence was due to expire before your next decade birthday, you will be charged £5.50 per year up to your next decade birthday.
    • Please note:
      • If you wish to keep any remaining categories on your provisional driving licence, these can be applied for using the same application form, and will be reissued onto a new provisional driving licence.
  • Reapplying for your driving licence after being disqualified from driving

    • You can reapply for your driving licence up to a month before your disqualification period is due to end.
    • To reapply after disqualification you will need to:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form;
      • submit a recent photograph to the following pdf icon specification [142kb];
      • if you have not previously had your identity verified, submit your original passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you are submitting an ID verification form you will also need to bring your birth certificate. If you post in your original passport, it will be returned to you via recorded delivery.
    • Please note that:
      • The minimum reissue fee after disqualification is £30 but may be higher depending on the length of your new driving licence; and 
      • Some types of disqualification require you retake your driving test.  If this is the case, you will only be able to apply for a 'provisional' driving licence.
    • Please click here for further information about driving disqualifications.
  • Applying for a duplicate driving licence (if yours is lost or stolen)

    • If one or both parts of your driving licence is lost or stolen, you will need to:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form;
      • if you have not previously had your identity verified, submit your original passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you are submitting an ID verification form you will also need to bring your birth certificate. If you post in your original passport, it will be returned to you via recorded delivery.  (If your identity has already been verified, a date will have been inserted in section 14 on the back of the plastic part of your driving licence);
      • pay a £30 fee for the replacement of a driving licence.
    • Please note:
      • You will be issued with a new driving licence card and a new paper counterpart. 
      • The dates on the duplicate driving licence will remain the same so your driving licence will still expire the same date as previously.
      • If the missing driving licence subsequently comes into your possession, you should securely destroy it or return it to our Bulwer Avenue Office.
  • Change of name and/or address

    • To update your driving licence you must:
      • submit both the card and paper counterpart of your driving licence (both full and provisional licences, if applicable) with your new name and/or address completed on the back of the paper counterpart. If you cannot supply the paper part of your driving licence, please complete a pdf icon Change of Details Form [535kb].  If you have lost the card part of your driving licence, you will have to apply and pay for a duplicate driving licence.  
      • if you have not previously had your identity verified, submit your original passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you are submitting an ID verification form you will also need to bring your birth certificate. If you post in your original passport, it will be returned to you via recorded delivery.  (If your identity has already been verified, a date will have been inserted in section 14 on the back of the plastic part of your driving licence).
      • if you have changed your name, provide proof e.g. marriage certificate, enrolled deed poll or divorce papers.
    • To update your Vehicle Registration Certificates you must:
      • submit all Vehicle Registration Certificates (VRCs)  with your new address completed on the back.  If you are unable to find a VRC you will be required to apply and pay for a duplicate VRC.
    • There is no fee to notify us of a change of name and/or address.
  • Exchanging your UK or foreign driving licence to a Guernsey driving licence

    • If you will be living permanently in the Bailiwick of Guernsey then you must exchange your current driving licence to a Guernsey driving licence within one year.
    • A list of countries from which driving licences can be exchanged to a Guernsey driving licence can be found here.
    • If your current driving licence is not accepted for exchange, you will be required to apply for a provisional driving licence, and pass a theory and practical driving test. You will not be covered to drive using your foreign driving licence after one year, until you have passed your driving test in Guernsey.
    • To obtain a Guernsey driving licence you will need to:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form;
      • submit a recent photograph to the following pdf icon specification [142kb];
      • submit your original passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you are submitting an ID verification form you will also need to bring your birth certificate. If you post in your original passport, it will be returned to you via recorded delivery;
      • surrender your current driving licence. (If you have misplaced your current driving licence, you must apply for an extract of your driving licence details from the jurisdiction where it was issued);
      • if you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form OR you are over the age of 45 AND you hold categories C, CE, D1, D1E, D or DE (large goods vehicles, minibuses and large passenger carrying vehicles), provide a medical form completed by a local doctor to confirm your fitness to drive. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.
    • We are unable to exchange provisional driving licences. A provisional driving licence is only valid to use in the jurisdiction in which it was issued.
    • Further Information about driving in Guernsey can be found here.
  • Exchanging your Guernsey driving licence for a driving licence in another jurisdiction

    • If you have moved permanently away from the Bailiwick of Guernsey you need to apply for a driving licence in the jurisdiction that you have moved to. Your Guernsey driving licence is only valid for 12 months outside of the Bailiwick.
    • If you become resident in another jurisdiction, you may be entitled to exchange your Guernsey driving licence for an equivalent driving licence issued in the country that you are moving to. If so, the authorities in that jurisdiction will require you to submit your current Guernsey driving licence to them for exchange. Some countries may also require confirmation of your driving experience before they will issue you with a new driving licence.
    • If you have lost your Guernsey driving licence, we are unable to issue a new one to you if you are no longer resident in Guernsey, so you will need to apply for an extract of your Guernsey driving licence details.
    • To apply for an extract of your Guernsey driving licence details you need to apply to us in writing. There is a fee of £14. Please make cheques payable to 'States of Guernsey' (or alternatively put your contact number on the letter and we will call you to take your card details over the phone for payment). In your letter please provide your name, date of birth, last Guernsey address and new address. Also please state if there is any extra information the authorities have requested you to provide.
    • Please send your request in writing to:
      Driver and Vehicle Licensing
      PO Box 145
      Bulwer Avenue Office
      Bulwer Avenue
      St Sampson
      Guernsey
      GY2 4LR
    • Alternatively you can email your request to dvl@gov.gg. Please note that we require your signature on the request, so if you would like to apply by email please scan in a letter of request including your signature.
    • We will then issue an extract of your Guernsey driving licence details which can be handed in to the authorities in the country you have moved to in order to apply to exchange your driving licence. The extract cannot be sent to you by email. It will be sent by post to your new address.
    • For further information about driving outside of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and driving licence exchange entitlement please go to: https://gov.gg/drivingabroadinternationaldrivingpermit
  • Medical conditions, disabilities and driving

    • For information about when and how you should inform Driver and Vehicle Licensing of a disability or illness that may affect your ability to drive safely and for information about how to apply for a Blue Badge please go to: https://gov.gg/driving-medical-conditions 
  • Information for new residents

  • International Driving Permits and driving abroad

    • Please follow this link for more information.
  • Payments

    • Details of all fees in relation to Driver and Vehicle Licensing can be found here
    • Payment for the services provided can be made in cash, cheque (made payable to 'States of Guernsey', or in respect of Alderney residents 'States of Alderney'), debit or credit card.
    • If you are posting your application and would like to pay by debit/credit card, please supply your contact telephone number and we will call to take payment over the phone.

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

 

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Motoring & driving test fees & charges Driving licence application form (new, provisional, exchange, duplicate) Identity Verification Form Vehicle category descriptions and age entitlements for driving The Highway Code for Guernsey Services & information for new motorists CBT FAQ Medical conditions, disabilities and driving Medical Report - Car and Motorcycle Medical Report - Large Goods Vehicle, Passenger Carrying Vehicle or Vocational Driving Disqualifications and your Driving Licence Hiring A Vehicle Abroad Registered driving instructor's Code of Practice

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