Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Licence

What Documents Do I Need to Provide?

Unless we explicitly say otherwise you must send us the original physical documents, not scans or photocopies.

We will accept a notarised copy of a passport from a suitably accredited notary in the country in which you reside. This is because in some cases it is impractical or illegal for passports to be posted outside of their country of issue. The notarised copy must be accompanied by a signed and dated cover letter from the notary‚Äč. The copy of the passport and the cover letter must both be stamped with the notary's official stamp.

If any of your documents are not in English you must provide us with both the original and an English translation from an approved translator.

We cannot accept identity cards in support of a licence application. This includes citizencards or other UK identity cards featuring the PASS hologram.

Group A

  • Current, valid UK passport.
  • Current, valid passport of any other nationality.
  • Current, valid photocard driving licence if it was issued by the DVLA in Great Britain We will not accept the photocard on its own if it was issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
  • Current, valid photocard driving licence and its paper counterpart issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
  • UK original birth certificate issued within 12 months of birth.
  • Current, valid UK biometric residence permit card.

Group B

If you have been asked to take Group B documents to the post office they must be from this list and they must show your current address.

  • Bank or building society statement issued to your current address, less than three months old. You can use more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different bank or building society.
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, telephone landline, water, satellite, cable) issued to your current address within the last three months. You can only submit one utility bill in support of your application. We cannot accept mobile phone bills.
  • A credit card statement sent to your current address within the last three months. You can submit more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different issuer.
  • Council Tax statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Letter from H.M. Revenue & Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, employment service, or local authority issued within the last three months. You can submit more than one letter as long as each is issued by a different Government department or a different local authority.
  • P45 statement of income for tax purposes on leaving a job issued in the last 12 months.
  • P60 annual statement of income for tax purposes issued in the last 12 months.
  • Current UK driving licence - paper version (not the paper counterpart to a photocard).
  • Driving licence photocard (without a paper counterpart) issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
  • Pension, endowment or ISA statement issued in last 12 months.
  • Valid UK firearms licence with photo.