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On this page you will find information on Guernsey Driving Licences.

This page includes information on:

  • Driving Licence - Online Applications

    • Guernsey residents can now:
      • apply to renew an existing full driving licence;
      • apply to renew an existing provisional licence; (for scooter & motorcycles categories see Note 1 below) (for F, G, B1 or L categories see Note 2 below)
      • request a duplicate driving licence;
      • apply for a new provisional licence category;
      • add a new licence category to an existing driving licence (after successfully passing a theory and practical driving test)
      • notify us of a change of address.
    • The only exception to this is if;
      • this is your first Guernsey driving licence; (see Note 3 below)
      • you require a medical; (see Note 4 below)
      • you have not previously provided proof of identification; (see Note 5 below)
      • you have not previously provided Driver & Vehicle Licencing with an email address; (see Note 6 below)
    • Online renewal process
      • Login to www.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 www.gov.gg/trafficonlineservices and we will advise you if you are eligible for online services;
    • Complete the application process
      • 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.
    • Return your current driving licence
      • If you are renewing your licence, 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. If you can't supply these you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • Your current driving licence can be posted to;
      • Driver & Vehicle Licencing
      • FREEPOST 301
      • Guernsey
      • GY2 4LR
    • Your new driving licence
      • Subject to your application being valid, and on receipt of both parts of your current licence, your new licence will be posted to you within 2 working days.
    • 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: www.gov.gg/trafficonlineservices
    • Please visit www.gov.gg/dvl for further information or contact us by email dvl@gov.gg or telephone 01481 243400
  • I want to apply for my first provisional licence

    • To find out which licence categories you can apply for click here.
    • To apply for a new provisional licence you need to attend at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Bulwer Avenue Office, or in respect of Alderney residents you need to attend at the States Office, Island Hall, in person and bring a fully completed driving licence application form.
    • You will need a valid passport, if you do not hold a valid passport click here.
    • If you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form you will need to submit a medical form filled in by your doctor. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here. If approved you will be notified of the validity and cost.
    • If you are applying for a licence after a period of disqualification you can find further information here.
    • Your new licence will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
    • Further information on licence fees can be found here.
  • I want to apply for a provisional licence in another category to my full licence but I have not activated my online account

    • To find out which licence categories you can apply for click here.
    • To apply for a new provisional licence you need to attend at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Bulwer Avenue Office, or in respect of Alderney residents you need to attend at the States Office, Island Hall, in person and bring a fully completed driving licence application form. If the photograph we hold in respect of your full licence is less than 3 years old you may submit your application form by post.
    • If you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form you will need to submit a medical form filled in by your doctor. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here. 
    • You will need a valid passport, unless the check has already been carried out. (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) If you do not hold a valid passport click here.
    • Your new licence will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
    • Further information on licence fees can be found here.
  • I have my provisional licence, what do I do now?

    • 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:
    • Further details on learning to drive can be found here.
    • Follow this link for information on safe driving - arrive alive
    • 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.
  • I want to book a theory test

  • I want to book a practical driving test

  • I have passed my driving test and need to apply for a full licence

    • To obtain a full licence you must submit the following to the Driver & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue Office, or in respect of Alderney residents, States Office, Island Hall:
      • A completed driving licence application form;
      • Your provisional driving licence (both the plastic card and paper counterpart);
      • Your practical driving test pass certificate.
    • 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 £4.80 per year up to your next decade birthday. See "Motoring fees & charges".
  • I need to re-new my provisional licence but I have not activated my online account

    • You must apply to renew your provisional licence within the period one month before the expiry date by submitting a completed driving licence application form and return your current driving licence. (for scooter & motorcycles categories see Note 1 above) (for F, G, B1 or L categories see Note 2 above)
    • You will need a valid passport, unless the check has already been carried out. (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) If you do not hold a valid passport click here.
    • If you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form you will need to submit a medical form filled in by your doctor. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.
    • If, on renewing your licence, the photo on your existing licence is less than three years old, it is not necessary to call into the office. You can post in your completed application form together with your expiring licence and cheque for the licence fee (and any other documentation that may be required, such as a CBT pass certificate) in order to obtain your new licence. (Return your current driving licence)
    • Your new licence will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
  • I need to re-new my full driving licence but I have not activated my online account

    • You may apply up to two months before it is due to expire by submitting a completed driving licence application form  and return your current driving licence.
    • You will need a valid passport, unless the check has already been carried out. (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) If you do not hold a valid passport click here.
    • If you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form you will need to submit a medical form filled in by your doctor. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.
    • If, on renewing your licence, the photo on your existing licence is less than three years old, it is not necessary to call into the office. You can post in your completed application form together with your expiring licence and cheque for the licence fee (and any other documentation that may be required, such as a CBT pass certificate) in order to obtain your new licence. (Return your current driving licence)
    • Your new licence will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
  • I have been disqualified from driving, what do I need to do?

    • Please click here for further information.
  • I need to tell you I've changed address but I have not activated my online account

    • Driving Licence
      • To change your address on your driving licence you need to submit both parts, the plastic and paper counterpart, of your licence with the section on the back of the paper counterpart filled in with your new address. If you can't supply these you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • You will also need to bring a valid passport for identification purposes, unless the check has already been carried out. (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) If you do not hold a valid passport click here.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
    • Vehicles
      • To change your address on your Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) you will need to submit the document with the section on the back of the certificate filled in with your new address. If you are unable to find the VCR you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
  • I need to tell you I've changed my name

    • Driving Licence
      • To change your name on your driving licence you need to bring both parts of your licence, the plastic and paper counterpart, if you can't supply these you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges". You will also need to bring the original marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll documents. If copies are submitted these must be attested.
      • You will also need to bring a valid passport (in your previous name) for identification purposes, unless the check has already been carried out. (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) If you do not hold a valid passport click here.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
    • Vehicles
      • To change your name on your Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) you will need to submit the document with the section on the back of the certificate filled in with your name. If you are unable to find the VCR you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
  • I am now living in Guernsey, how long can I go on using my English or foreign driving 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:
       
      • Attend at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Bulwer Avenue Office, or in respect of Alderney residents you need to attend at the States Office, Island Hall, in person and bring a fully completed driving licence application form. (In respect of Alderney you also need to bring a passport sized photograph)
      • Submit a medical form filled in by your doctor, if you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.
      • Bring in 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.
      • You will need a valid passport. If you do not hold a valid passport click here
      • Further information on licence categories can be found here.
      • Further information on licence fees can be found here.
    • Please note, we are unable to exchange provisional driving licences.
    • Further Information about driving in Guernsey can be found here.
  • I can't find my driving licence - what do I do?

    • If your licence is lost or stolen, you will need to submit the following to Driver and Vehicle Licensing (DVL), Bulwer Avenue Office or in respect of Alderney residents, States Office, Island Hall:
      • A completed driving licence application form.
      • £27 fee for the replacement of a driving licence.
      • You will also need to bring a valid passport, unless the check has already been carried out. (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) If you do not hold a valid passport click here.
    • Please note, if the missing licence subsequently comes into your possession, you must return it to DVL, Bulwer Avenue Office, or in respect of Alderney residents, States Office, Island Hall as it will no longer be valid.
  • I'm a driver and new to the Island - what do I need to know?

  • I'm planning on driving abroad - do I need an International Driving Permit?

    • In order to drive in certain countries abroad you may be required to hold a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to your Guernsey driving licence.
    • An IDP is recognised internationally and normally allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle without further formality. Persons going to a country for longer than three months, to take up residence or employment, or for any reason other than tourism, should make enquiries about their personal position before relying on a permit.
    • For information on which counties require what, click here.
    • An application form is available here.  
  • I'm thinking of starting a driving school - what do I need to do?

    • If you are interested in becoming a driving instructor and wish to offer tuition for payment or reward, you are invited to register your business with Driver & Vehicle Licensing. Although registration is currently voluntary, steps are being taken to introduce a legal framework that will make registration mandatory for all persons providing professional driving tuition.
    • In order to be accepted onto the register, you will need to undertake a satisfactory criminal records check and to sign the Code of Conduct and Good Practice. Full details regarding the registration scheme are given on the documents available for download below.
    • Below is a poster showing those driving schools which have been approved for acceptance onto the Register of Driving Instructors.
    • Find the schemes Governing Policy here:
    • Find the Codes of Practice here:
    • Find an application form here:
    • Find the poster of current Registered Driving Instructors here:
    • Find the Application to permanently display L-Plates here:
  • 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.

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

Useful Pages

Useful Links

Downloads

Application form for a new, provisional or duplicate Driving Licence Identification check form for a driving licence application Medical conditions, disabilities and driving Vehicle Categories and Driver Age Driving Disqualifications and your Driving Licence Guernsey supplement to Highway Code & driving abroad theory test information Hiring a Vehicle Abroad Quad Advice Letter Motoring - Fees & Charges Application for the issue of a duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate Guidance Notes for Identity Checks CBT FAQ

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