You can’t apply online if your name has changed or if you want to renew a 5-year bus or lorry licence.
To apply online, you’ll need to:
have a valid UK passport issued within the last 5 years
be a resident of Great Britain
pay £20 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
provide addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
have your driving licence, including the paper ‘counterpart’ if you have a photocard licence (if you don’t have your licence you must say why in your application)
have your National Insurance number
not be disqualified from driving
There’s a different service if you want to renew your licence and you’re 70 or over.
You must send the photocard and paper counterpart of your old licence to DVLA when you get your new licence. The return address will be sent with your new licence.