Renew your driver licence
You can only renew online if you're not due a DBS check, medical check or DVLA check. If you haven't completed these checks before your licence is due to expire, we may not be able to renew your licence. It is 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.
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.
Other ways to renew
You'll need to renew your driver licence using a paper form (opens new window) if:
- your licence has expired
- 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
Paper applications take at least 10 working days to be processed and sent to you in the post.
Once you've completed the paper forms you can drop off your application at the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street or post your application form to:
Licensing team (Temple Street)
Bristol City Council
PO Box 3176
Bristol BS3 9FS
How to pay
If you submit your application at the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street you can pay for your licence by using the self-service kiosks or if you're applying by post please enclose a cheque with the application.
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.