During the current pandemic, the procedure for licence renewal has been updated. It is advised to apply for your licence renewal in good time – the DVLA are prioritising licence applications for those due to expire within the next 3 months.
They have released some new guidance detailed below:
- Normally an application to renew a lorry or bus licence at age 45 or over must include a medical examination report (D4) which is signed by a doctor. However, NHS doctors cannot carry out these examinations currently so you are unable to obtain the D4 medical reports required to support an application.
- In these special circumstances, a D4 will not be required when applying to renew a lorry or bus licence until further notice. However, this will only apply if the licence has expired or is due to expire on or after 1 January 2020.
- Where a bus or lorry licence is renewed without the production of a valid D4, it will only be valid for a period of one year.
- This will not affect applications for renewal of licences made by those aged 65 or over as these licences are already only valid for one year.
- Any driver who has already obtained a D4 can still submit this with their application. A licence issued in this way will be valid for the usual full term that applies.
- This notice does not apply to any application to renew small lorry (C1) and minibus (D1 (101)) entitlements included on car licences issued before 1997.
You can find more details about the updated procedure on the DVLA website.