The official website for the States of Alderney

Driving Licenses

On this page you will find information on applying for a provisional, full or duplicate licence, also what is required when you change your name or address and when exchanging a foreign licence.

Although a driving license is supplied as a Guernsey driving licence it must be applied for in person at the General Office in the Island Hall.

  • Alderney Driving Licence

    • An Alderney driving licence comes as a Guernsey driving licence and consists of two parts (a plastic card and a paper counterpart). If you are applying to add a category to your existing licence, have passed your driving test or have changed your name/address you will need to hand in your current driving licence before we can issue you with your new licence.

    • All driving licences must be applied for in person at the General Office.

    • A licence may take up to 5-6 weeks to be printed and posted to you. Subject to a valid application being received prior to the expiry date of your current licence, you should be covered to drive from the start date of the new licence EVEN if you have not yet received the physical licence by that date. 

  • Renewing your Driving Licence

    • You may apply to renew your full licence within two months and your provisional licence within one month (See Notes 1 and 2 below) before the expiry date as stated on the licence card (4b)

    • You will need to visit the General Office where you will need to complete a driving licence application form, supply a recent photograph to the following  specification [142kb]; and make payment.

    • If you have not been ID checked previously, you will need to bring your passport or a completed Identity Verification Form.

    • Notes

      • Note 1  - If you hold a provisional motorcycle licence for categories P, A1 or A, and fail to renew it within the specified period you will not be able to hold a provisional licence in the same category for 12 months.  When you have renewed your provisional motorcycle licence you must also successfully complete a further training course for motorcyclists (a Direct Access course which is a shortened CBTwithin one month of your new licence, for it to remain valid. You may ride on the roads with your new provisional licence for the month during which you are attempting to pass the Direct Access Course. Should you fail to past the test within the specified time period your new provisional licence will become invalid and you will not be able to hold a provisional licence in the same category for 12 months

      • Note 2  - If you hold a provisional driving licence for categories F, G, B1 or L, then your licence cannot be renewed in the same category until a year after its expiry.

  • Applying for a Provisional Licence 

    • To find out which licence categories you can apply for click here. 

    • To apply for first provisional licence we will first need to verify your identity.  Verification checks can be undertaken in person at the General Office with your passport or the following completed form:   Identification Check Form [259kb].   This form may also be posted to us.

    • If you verify in person, you can also complete a driving licence application form at this time stating which provisional categories you are applying for.  You can apply one month prior to reaching the minimum age for the category you are applying for.

  • Information for learner drivers

    • For categories P, A1 or A you are not permitted to ride on the road until you have successfully completed the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course for motorcyclists approved by the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and provided by the Guernsey Motorcycle Training Scheme (GMTS)  and have been issued with a certificate of completion.

    • Further information on CBT courses are available below:

    • If you are driving/riding a moped, a light motorcycle, a motorcycle, an agricultural tractor, a road repairing machine or a motorised tricycle or a quadricycle (categories P, A1, A, F, G or B1) under the terms of your provisional licence, you do not need to be supervised/accompanied by a full licence holder. The same is true if you are driving an electrically propelled vehicle within category L, if it is only designed to be occupied solely by the driver.

    • For B, C and D categories please remember that you may only drive a vehicle when you are being supervised by a person who has held a full driving licence in the relevant category for at least one year.

    • You will need to display "L" plates on the front and rear of your motorcycle or vehicle in a prominent position.

    • There is one registered driving instructor in Alderney: Carol Uzzell  01481 824235 / 07781 174527 email: caroleuzzell@live.co.uk

    • You must then pass a theory & practical driving test before you are able to apply for a 'full' driving licence

    • Please note:

      • If you hold categories F, G, B1 or L you must pass the driving test in these categories within two years. Should you not do so you will be required to wait one year before a further provisional licence in these categories will be issued.

    • Further details on learning to drive can be found here.

  • Applying for your full licence after passing your test

    • To obtain a full licence you must:

      • submit a completed driving licence application form;

      • surrender your driving licence(s);

      • provide your practical driving test pass certificate (small green pass slip).

      • pay the required fee.

    • Driving licences usually run to the month before a decade birthday, e.g. 20, 30, 40.etc.   Therefore, if your provisional licence runs to your next decade birthday then there is no charge for upgrading from a provisional to a full licence. If however, your provisional licence was due to expire before your next decade birthday you will be charged £5.00 per year up to your next decade birthday.

    • Please note:

      • If you wish to keep any remaining categories on your provisional licence, this can be applied for on the same application form, and will be reprinted onto a new provisional licence.

  • Reapplying for your licence after Disqualification from driving

    • To reapply after disqualification you will need to submit a completed driving licence application form.

    • You can reapply for your licence categories up to a month before your disqualification is due to end.

    • Please note that:

      • The minimum reissue fee will be £28.50 but may be higher depending on the length of the licence; and 

      • Some disqualifications require you retake your test.  Therefore you will need to apply for a 'provisional' licence..

    • Please click here for further information.

  • Change of name and/or address

    • Driving Licence

      • Submit both the card and paper counterpart of your licence (both full and provisional licences if applicable) with your new name and/or address completed on the back of the paper counterpart. If you cannot supply the paper part of your driving licence, please complete the following form:   Change of Details Form [158kb].  If you have lost the card part of your licence you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence.  

      • If you have not been ID checked previously, you will need to bring your passport or a completed Identity Verification Form. (If a check has already been carried out a date will have been inserted at No14 on the back of the plastic part of your licence)

      • If you have changed your name, provide proof e.g. marriage certificate, deed poll or divorce papers.

      • There is no fee.

    • Vehicles Registration Documents

      • Submit all Vehicle Registration Certificates (VRC)  with your new address completed on the back.  If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC.

      • There is no fee

  • Exchanging your UK or foreign license for an Alderney licence

    • If you will be living permanently in the Alderney then you must exchange your foreign driving licence for an Alderney licence within one year.

    • A list of foreign driving licences that can be exchanged for an Alderney Licence can be found here.

    • If your licence is not accepted, you will be required to apply for a provisional driving licence, and pass a theory and practical driving test.

    • To obtain an Alderney licence you must:

      • Complete driving licence application form.

      • Verify your identity.  Verification checks can be undertaken in person at the General Office with your passport or the following completed form:   Identity Verification Form [259kb].  

      • Surrender your foreign driving licence. (If you have misplaced your licence then you must apply for an extract of your licence from the jurisdiction where it was issued.)

      • If you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form OR you are over the age of 45 AND have categories C, CE, D, D1, D1E or DE (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and bus and minibus categories) on your foreign licence you will also need to provide a medical form filled in by a local doctor. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.

      • We are unable to exchange provisional driving licences.

  • Applying for a Duplicate Driving Licence

    • If you will be living permanently in the Alderney then you must exchange your foreign driving licence for an Alderney licence within one year.

    • A list of foreign driving licences that can be exchanged for an Alderney Licence can be found here.

    • If your licence is not accepted, you will be required to apply for a provisional driving licence, and pass a theory and practical driving test.

    • To obtain an Alderney licence you must:

      • Complete driving licence application form.

      • Verify your identity.   Verification checks can be undertaken in person at the General Office with your passport or the following completed form:   Identity Verification Form [259kb].  

      • Surrender your foreign driving licence. (If you have misplaced your licence then you must apply for an extract of your licence from the jurisdiction where it was issued.)

      • If you answer YES to any of the medical questions on the application form OR you are over the age of 45 AND have categories C, CE, D, D1, D1E or DE (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and bus and minibus categories) on your foreign licence you will also need to provide a medical form filled in by a local doctor. Further information regarding driving with an illness or disability is available here.

      • We are unable to exchange provisional driving licences.

  • Payment

    • Payment for the services provided can be made in cash, cheque (payable to the 'States of Guernsey'), debit or credit card.  We do not take American Express.