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Find further information on Learning to drive; Your provisional driving licence; Booking a theory or practical driving test; Register of driving instructors; Your first full licence; Renewing your driving licence; Exchanging a foreign driving licence; Replacing a missing driving licence; Changing your name and/or address; New residents to the Island; International driving permits.

 

 

  • Quick Guide to applying for or re-newing a provisional licence:-

    • What do I need to do to apply for a provisional licence?
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      • You will need to call at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Bulwer Avenue Office in person and bring a fully completed provisional licence application form.
      • If you already hold a provisional licence and are adding a category you must bring both parts of your current licence, plastic and paper counterpart also.
      • 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) 
      • Where identification documents have not been submitted previously and you do not hold a valid passport you must submit and fully completed "Identification Check Application Form" accompanied by your birth certificate (original or attested) and two attested passport size photos.
      • Your new licence will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
      •  If you are adding a category to a current provisional licence but are unable to supply both parts of your current licence you will be required to apply for duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
    • What do I need to do to re-new my driving licence?
      • You will need to submit a fully completed driving licence application form and both parts of your current licence, plastic and paper counterpart.
      • 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) 
      • Where identification documents have not been submitted previously and you do not hold a valid passport you must submit and fully completed "Identification Check Application Form" accompanied by your birth certificate (original or attested) and two attested passport size photos.
      • Your new licence will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
      • If you are unable to supply both parts of your licence you will be required to apply for duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
  • Quick Guide to changing your name and/or address:-

    • What do I need to do when I change my address?
    • 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 and signed.
      • 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) 
      • Where identification documents have not been submitted previously and you do not hold a valid passport you must submit and fully completed "Identification Check Application Form" accompanied by your birth certificate (original or attested) and two attested passport size photos.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
      • If you are unable to supply both parts of your licence you will be required to apply for duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
    • 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 and sign it.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
      • If you are unable to find the VCR you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
    • What do I need to do when I change 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, 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) 
      • Where identification documents have not been submitted previously and you do not hold a valid passport you must submit and fully completed "Identification Check Application Form" accompanied by your birth certificate (original or attested) and two attested passport size photos.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
      • If you are unable to supply both parts of your licence you will be required to apply for duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
    • 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 and sign it.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
      • If you are unable to find the VCR you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
  • Learning to Drive

    • You must apply for a provisional driving licence before being allowed to drive on the roads in Guernsey.
    • You must then pass a theory driving test and practical driving test before you are able to apply for a 'full' driving licence.
    • Further details on learning to drive can be found here pdf icon Information for new drivers [356kb].
    • Please note:
      • Please remember that you may only drive a motor vehicle with a provisional driving licence when you are being supervised by a person who has held a full driving licence in the relevant category for at least one year.
      • 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 provision licence in these categories will be issued.
      • if you hold a provisional motorcycle licence in 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 have been issued with a certificate of completion pdf icon CBT Quick Guide [54kb].
  • Your Provisional Driving Licence

    • To obtain a provisional licence you must:
       
      • Appear in person at Driver & Vehicle Licensing
        You will need to visit our Bulwer Avenue Office in order that your photograph can be taken for your new licence;
      • Complete a driving licence application form
        pdf icon Driving Licence Application [678kb]. If you answer 'YES' to any of the medical questions you will also need to provide a report from your doctor stating that you are fit to hold that category of driving licence. Further information can be found here pdf icon Information for motorists with illness or disabilities [252kb];
      • Provide proof of identification.
        You will need a valid passport.  If you do not hold a valid passport then please bring in an attested 'Identification Check' application form, birth certificate and two attested passport photos.  If your name is different to your passport, then you will also need to provide us with a marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll. Further information and the 'Identification Check' application form can be found here: pdf icon ID form [523kb]
      • Pay the appropriate licence fee 
        Licence Categories and licence fees can be found here: pdf icon Licence Categories [42kb] and pdf icon Motoring - Fees & Charges [354kb].
  • Booking a Driving Test (Theory and Practical)

  • Register of Driving Instructors Scheme

    • 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: pdf icon Governing Policy [346kb]
    • Find the Codes of Practice here: pdf icon Code of Practice [338kb]
    • Find an application form here: pdf icon Application Form [217kb]
    • Find the poster of current Registered Driving Instructors here: pdf icon Current members of the scheme [508kb]
    • Application to permanently display L-Plates: pdf icon Display L-Plates [344kb]
  • Your First Full Licence

    • To obtain a full licence you must submit the following to the Driver & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue Office:
      • A completed driving licence application form; pdf icon Driving Licence Application [678kb]
      • Your provisional driving licence (both the plastic card and paper counterpart);
      • Your practical driving test certificate.
    • Our 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 is due to expire before your decade birthday you will be charged £4.80 per year up to your next decade birthday for a Full Licence.
  • Renewing your Driving Licence

    • Driving licences are ordinarily issued to expire in the month before your next "decade" birthday, unless you have a medical condition that affects your ability to drive, or if you are over the age of 45 and hold any of the higher categories (C, CE, D, D1, D1E, or DE).
    • You must complete a driving licence application form to apply for a new licence. pdf icon Driving Licence Application [678kb]
    • You must bring in both the card and paper counterpart of your current Driving Licence. 
      The forward slash / number on both must match. If you have misplace one part of your licence you must apply for a duplicate licence which incurs a fee of £27.
    • If you have not previously had an identification check for your licence (there is no code 14 followed by a date on the back of the card part of the licence) then you must provide a valid passport. If you do not hold a valid passport then please bring in an attested 'Identification Check' application form, birth certificate and two attested passport photos.  If your name is different to your passport, then you will also need to provide us with a marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll,  Further information and the 'Identification Check' application form can be found here. pdf icon ID form [523kb]
    • 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.
    • If you are renewing a full driving licence you may apply up to two months before it is due to expire. If you hold a provisional licence you may apply up to a month before it is due to expire.  However, 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.
    • If you hold a provisional motorcycle licence for categories P, A1 or A, then you must apply to renew your licence within the period one month before the expiry date. Failure to renew your licence in categories P, A1 and A within the specified period will result in that category not being available for use for 12 months from the expiry date.  You must then successfully complete a further training course for motorcyclists (a Direct Access course which is a shortened CBT) within one month of the commencement of your new licence, if your new licence is to remain valid.  Should you fail to take the test within the specified time period, or should you not succeed in passing the test, then your new provisional licence will not be valid.  You may drive on the roads with your new provisional licence for the month during which you are attempting to pass the Direct Access Course.
  • Exchanging A Foreign Licence for a Guernsey Licence

    • If you will be living permanently in 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 pdf icon List Of Foreign Driving Licences Accepted For Exchange [270kb].
    • If your licence is not accepted, you will be required to apply for a provisional licence, and pass a theory and practical test.
    • To obtain a Guernsey licence you must:
       
      • Appear in person at Driver & Vehicle Licensing
        You will need to visit our Bulwer Avenue Office in order that your photograph can be taken for your new licence;
      • Complete a driving licence application form
        pdf icon Driving Licence Application [678kb].  If you answer 'YES' to any of the medical questions you will also need to provide a report from your doctor stating that you are fit to hold that category of driving licence. Further information can be found here pdf icon Information for motorists with illness or disabilities [252kb];
      • 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.
      • Provide proof of identification.
        You will need a valid passport.  If you do not hold a valid passport then please bring in an attested 'Identification Check' application form, birth certificate and two attested passport photos.  If your name is different to your passport, then you will also need to provide us with a marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll. Further information and the 'Identification Check' application form can be found here pdf icon ID form [523kb];
      • Pay the appropriate licence fee 
        Licence categories and licence fees can be found here pdf icon Licence Categories [42kb] pdf icon Motoring - Fees & Charges [354kb].
    • Please note, we are unable to exchange provisional driving licences.
    • Further Information about driving in Guernsey can be found here pdf icon Driving in Guernsey is different [316kb]
  • Replacing a lost or stolen Driving Licence

    • If your licence is lost or stolen, you will need to submit the following to Driver and Vehicle Licensing (DVL), Bulwer Avenue Office:
      • A completed driving licence application form; pdf icon Driving Licence Application [678kb]
      • £27 fee for the replacement of a driving licence.
      • Documentation for an Identification check, unless the check has already been carried out. Information and 'Identification Check' application form can be found here pdf icon ID form [523kb].
    • Please note, if the missing licence subsequently comes into your possession, you must return it to DVL, Bulwer Avenue Office as it will no longer be valid.
  • New residents to the Island

  • International Driving Permits

    • An International Driving Permit may be required to drive in certain countries valid alongside a Guernsey licence.
    • An International Driving Permit 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.
    • Please download the information sheet and application form. pdf icon Information sheet [232kb] pdf icon Application form [305kb]
  • Payments

    • Payment for the services provided can be made in cash, cheque (payable to the 'States of Guernsey'), debit or credit card (there is a 2% charge if you choose to pay by Credit Card).

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Driving Licence application form Identification check form for a driving licence application 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

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