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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

 

  • 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 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 licence.
    • 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 licence will be valid as soon as you have applied and paid for it online. The new licence will be sent to you by post in 2-3 working days but you will be covered to drive in the meantime.
    • For applications made by post or in person, the licence may take up to 5-6 weeks to be printed and posted to you.  Subject to a valid application being received prior to the expiry date of your current licence, you should be covered to drive from the start date of the new licence EVEN if you have not yet received the physical licence by that date. If you require your physical licence sooner we offer a fast track service at extra cost. There are two options:
       
      • Same Day - £30
        Apply by 11am to collect the licence the same day at 3pm
         
      • Next Working Day - £20
        Apply by 2pm to collect the licence the following working day at 3pm
    • In both cases you would need to pay before we can fast track your licence. If you have changed address, you will need to bring in proof of your new address e.g. utility bill when you collect the licence. You would need to let us know in advance if someone else will be collecting the licence on your behalf.
  • 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)
      • 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 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.     
      • 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 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 (See Notes 1 and 2 below) before the expiry date as stated on the licence card (4b)
    • To renew your driving licence you will need to:
    • Forms can be scanned and emailed to dvl@gov.gg or posted.
    • Please note there is no need to return your old driving licence and we will contact you separately for payment.
    • 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.
  • Renewing your Driving Licence - In Person

    • You may apply to renew your full licence within two months and your provisional licence within one month (See Notes 1 and 2 below) before the expiry date as stated on the licence card (4b)
    • 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 been ID checked previously, you will need to bring your passport or a completed Identity Verification Form.
    • 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.
  • Applying for a Provisional Licence

    • To find out which licence categories you can apply for click here. 
    • To apply for first provisional licence we will first need to verify your identity.  Verification checks can be undertaken in person at our Bulwer Avenue Office with your passport or the following completed form:  pdf icon Identification Check Form [730kb].   This form may also be posted to us.
    • If you verify in person, you can also complete a driving licence application form at this time stating which provisional categories you are applying for.  You can apply one month prior to reaching the minimum age for the category you are applying for.
    • If you verify your identity by post, and provide us with a unique email address, we will set you up for our online services and send you activation details.  Once your account is activated, you will be able to apply and pay for your provisional driving licence online at https://traffic.gov.gg. Please note that you can activate the account before your birthday but you will be unable to apply and pay online for the provisional licence until you have reached the minimum age required for the category you are applying for.
  • 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 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:
      • submit a completed driving licence application form;
      • surrender your driving licence(s);
      • provide your practical driving test pass certificate (small green pass slip).
      • pay the required fee.
    • 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 birthday 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 name and/or address

    • Driving Licence
      • Submit both the card and paper counterpart of your 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 the following form:  pdf icon Change of Details Form [158kb].  If you have lost the card part of your licence you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence.  
      • If you have not been ID checked previously, you will need to bring your passport or a completed Identity Verification 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)
      • If you have changed your name, provide proof e.g. marriage certificate, deed poll or divorce papers.
      • There is no fee.
    • Vehicles Registration Documents
      • Submit all Vehicle Registration Certificates (VRC)  with your new address completed on the back.  If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC.
      • There is no fee
  • 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.
      • Verify your identity.   Verification checks can be undertaken in person at our Bulwer Avenue Office with your passport or the following completed form:  pdf icon Identity Verification Form [730kb].  
      • 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.)
      • 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 (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and bus and minibus categories) on your foreign licence you will also need to provide a medical form filled in by a local doctor. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.
      • 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 or both parts of your licence is lost or stolen, you will need to:
      • Submit a completed driving licence application form.
      • Pay a £28.50 fee for the replacement of a driving licence.
      • If you have not been ID checked previously, you will need to bring your passport or a completed Identity Verification 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:
      • 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 should securely destroy or return to our offices.
  • 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.

 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]

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

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