Renewal of driving licence at age 70
At age 70, you need to renew your driving licence. However, at age 70 if you are a safe, reliable and experienced driver, you can still expect to benefit from relatively low insurance premiums.
The main consideration here is ensuring you’re still safe to drive.
You need to renew the licence before your 70th birthday, and then every three years thereafter. However, if you satisfy the authorities that you remain fit to drive, then there is no legal maximum age by which your licence must be surrendered.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will automatically send you a renewal application form 90 days before your 70th birthday. The renewal process is free. Alternatively, you can apply online.
In most cases, you can continue to drive as before while the DVLA considers your renewal application.
The circumstances in which you cannot continue to drive are:
• Your doctor does not believe you are fit to drive
• You yourself have grounds for believing you are not medically fit to drive
• Your most recent licence was refused or revoked on medical grounds
• You did not have a valid licence at the time of your renewal application
• You have been disqualified from driving
• The DVLA takes more than 12 months to reach a decision on your renewal application
As a driver, you are legally required to inform the DVLA if you develop certain medical conditions or disabilities, and to inform them again if your health subsequently deteriorates.
Informing the authorities that you have a medical condition does not mean that you are automatically banned from driving. The DVLA may instead ask you to attend a medical examination so the severity of your condition can be assessed, may issue you with a short-term licence (perhaps for as short a time as one year) or may require you to modify your car in some way.
If you disclose a condition to the DVLA, you must also inform your insurance provider without delay. If you have an accident in which an undisclosed medical condition may have played a part, then your insurance could be invalidated and you could even be prosecuted.
In order to be able to legally drive in the UK, you must be able to read a modern car number plate at a distance of 20 metres, with the assistance of spectacles or contact lenses as required.