Renew your driver licence
Renew your driver licence
Renew your Hackney carriage or private hire driver licence.
You can renew online if you are not due a DBS check, medical check, DVLA check, or you have already completed them.
If you haven't completed these checks before your licence is due to expire, we may not be able to renew your licence.
It's your responsibility to know when these checks are due and to submit the relevant paperwork in good time.
We accept no responsibility for delays in renewals caused by the late submission of checks or applications.
We are not required to send renewal reminders for licences or for checks due.
Further information about the checks can be found on our DBS, DVLA and medical checks page.
From 1 December 2016 you'll also need to have a right to licence check.
If you have completed a DVLA or medical check or received your DBS certificate, you must return these to us before renewing online.
Applications take at least 7 working days to be processed and sent to you in the post.
You can renew your licence up to 6 weeks before it expires.
Other ways to renew
You'll have to renew your driver licence using a paper form if:
- you're due a DBS check, DVLA check or medical check
- you've moved address
- you've received a caution or conviction, including points on a DVLA licence
- you've changed your name
- you don't have an email address
- you can't renew online
You can email your application and scans or photographs of the supporting documents to email@example.com.
You can also email a copy of your medical or DBS certificate to us. This may change dependent on any future government advice.
Once you've completed the paper form, you can post your application form to:
Licensing team (Temple Street)
Bristol City Council
PO Box 3399
Bristol BS1 9NE
Paper applications take at least 10 working days to be processed and sent to you in the post.
If you want someone else to discuss your application or licence with us on your behalf, you’ll need to give us written permission.
How to pay
You can't pay for your licence at the Citizen Service Point for now.
If you can't renew online, call 0117 35 74900 to make a payment.
Our driver licence fees are:
1 Year: £56.00
2 Years: £111.00
3 Years: £140.00
If your licence has expired
If your licence has expired, you must apply for a new licence.
If you don’t renew your licence
If you don’t renew your licence before it expires then you won’t be a licensed driver. Applications take at least 10 working days to be processed and sent to you in the post.
If your current licence has expired, or you’re unsure whether you’ll be able to renew on time for any reason, then contact the licensing team.