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All you need to know about applying for or renewing a provisional or full driving licence and other licensing information.

Also how to apply for a replacement driving licence or exchange a foreign one. Includes information about what you need to do if you have changed your name and/or address and how to apply for an international driving permit if you are driving abroad.

 

  • I want to apply for a 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, 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.
    • 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. If approved you will be notified of the validity and cost.
    • If you already hold a licence and are adding a category you must bring both parts of your current licence, plastic and paper counterpart.  If you can't supply these you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges".
    • 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 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, then you do not need to be supervised. 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 booking 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

    • You must apply to renew your provisional licence within the period one month before the expiry date by submitting a completed a driving licence application form.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • For motorcycle licences P, A1 or A categories, 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
    • 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.
  • I need to re-new my full driving licence

    • You may apply up to two months before it is due to expire by submitting a completed a driving licence application form , both parts of your current licence, plastic and paper counterpart. If you can't supply these you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges"... 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 change 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. 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 and signed. 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 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, 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 and signed. 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 exchanging my 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:
       
      • 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.

Downloads

Driving Licence application form 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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