Before You Apply
Before you apply for a licence you should check that you will meet our licensing criteria. Doing so may save you time and money: you will not be granted a licence unless you meet the criteria and the licence fee is non-refundable.
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How much does it cost?
The licence application fee is £220 for a three year licence, except for front line vehicle immobiliser licences where the fee is £220 for a one year licence.
50% discount: Some people may need more than one licence; in such cases the second licence will be discounted by 50%.
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How long will it take?
It is not possible to say exactly how long each individual application will take. The following stages of the application will need to be completed before we can start our checks:
- We have received a correctly completed application
- Payment of the application fee has been received
- We have been able to verify your identity and check any documents we ask you to send us
If we have asked you to send us documents such as a passport or proof of address, step 3 will not be complete until we have received and verified these documents.
Once the above are complete, we aim to reach a decision on a minimum of 80% of applications within 25 working days. This includes renewal applications.
Some applications will take longer to complete. Some examples are those that require additional checks for criminality or right to work in the UK.
Please submit your application at the earliest opportunity. If you are renewing your licence, you can apply for the renewal up to four months before your existing licence expires without losing the remaining time on your existing licence.
In January 2017, 59% of applications were processed within 25 working days.
Download the figures for the 2016-2017 financial year (CSV, download size: 1kb)
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