How to Fill In a D1 Form Driving Licence Application Explained

If you’ve ever considered renting a minibus for the road trip of your dreams or driving one on a commercial basis as a UK resident, filling in a D1 form is inevitable. Read below for a detailed, step-by-step driving licence application form D1 how-to as well as time-saving tips.

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What Is a D1 Application Form

Often abbreviated to DVLA D1, the Application for a Driving Licence marked as category D1 is the form to be filled out by individuals willing to obtain a D1 driving licence. You will most probably need it when applying for your driving licence with the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency provided that you want to be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats (no more than 8 m long) or a trailer that weighs up to 750 kg. The purpose of the DVLA D1 licence application form is to report your relevant details as a driver.

Who Can Fill In an Application for a Driving Licenсe D1

The driving licence application D1 form is of relevance to drivers normally residing in the UK who do not already have D1 on their list of acceptable vehicle categories or need to renew the licence. Here are some rules to keep in mind.
Drivers who obtained their effective driving licence after January 1st, 1997 are likely to need to apply for D1.

If you were issued a driving licence before January 1st, 1997, and it is still valid, you are most probably already entitled to drive vehicles falling under the D1 category.

In order to be considered a resident in the UK, you need to spend not less than 185 calendar days in the country each usual calendar year. Nationals of other EU/EEA countries cannot apply unless they are legally allowed to remain in the UK.

How to Fill In a Driving Licenсe Application Form D1

For time-saving purposes, we recommend that you complete your DVLA form D1 online using the PDFLiner’s fillable blank. The form consists of two pages. These include text fields for typing in data, checkboxes, a photo field, a date field, and a signature field at the end of it.

Here are the steps to take when filling out a D1 form.

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Step 1. Enter your personal details under Sections 1 and 1a. Please note that certain questions, such as the one about your UK driver number and previous details, are not required unless they apply in your situation.
Step 2. Check the appropriate answers regarding your eyesight under Section 2.
Step 3. Specify the details of the license you want to obtain under Section 3, only filling out the fields applicable for your purpose.
Step 4. Remember to specify which of your organs you want to be donated after your death below Section 3 if any.
Step 5. If you have previously obtained a driving license, include its details under Section 4.
Step 6. Do not fill in the Back of the Photograph frame on Page 1. Ignore this field.
Step 7. Provide your health data that might be relevant under Section 5. Fill in part A if you do not have any unreported conditions potentially affecting your driving. Otherwise, proceed to fill out part B.
Step 8. Only complete Sections 6 and 7 if you don’t have a photocard licence or are registering a change in your name/photograph/signature. Consult the INF1D booklet for details on which IDs to use.
Step 9. Click the photo field on Page 2 to upload or capture your image.
Step 10. Please note that a photograph verification by a reliable third party is required if you are providing documents other than a valid UK, EU, or EEC passport. Section 7 is to be filled out by the person verifying your photo.
Step 11. Enter today’s date and sign the document (see below) under Section 8.
Step 12. Tick the items on the Document Checklist that you have attached to make sure you are enclosing all the necessary documents.

How to Sign DVLA D1

When working on a PDF D1 form, how to fill it out is not the only question to ask. You will also need a valid e-signing tool to attach your signature to the completed application. Luckily, PDFLiner offers one. You’ll find a signature field on the 2nd page of the form. Left-click on the Sign button on the toolbar and choose to type, draw, or add a photo of your signature. As a registered user, you can also use a pre-saved template signature.

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Where to Send Your D1 Application Form

After you complete your application to obtain or renew a D1 vehicle driving license, you need to submit the document. Online applications should be addressed to the UK DVLA. If you are using a hard copy, apply by post, sending the form to the central DVLA office at Swansea or any of the local offices along with all the rquiered documents like your passsport as a proof of identity. For offline applicants who know where to post, D1 form checking services might be available, known as the Premium Checking Service, depending on the post office.

Remember to enclose the required identity documents with your application. If you are renewing your driving license after a medical condition, you can proactively print out and fill out a medical questionnaire to reduce processing time. See the INF1D official booklet for more information on which additional documents might be required. The source also warns applicants against sending in their passports in case they might need them within four weeks.

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Here you can find some more information on how to write an NDA. You can also try the PDFLiner editor and fill out the agreement by yourself.

Can you download a DVLA D1 form?

Yes, you can. In particular, PDFLiner’s Forms section contains a fillable PDF version of the D1 driving licence application form. You can either store it locally or work on it online/print it out if needed.

Can I fill in a D1 form online?

You absolutely can. DVLA accepts online applications on a paid basis. The fee can be paid with a debit or credit card. You will get a notification when your application is received. This doesn’t apply if you are aged 70 and more and want to renew your licence, though.

Where can I get the D1 form?

Applicants who choose to use a paper copy of the form should inquire at their local post offices to find out if they stock D1 application blanks. An alternative solution is to get a fillable copy online as a PDF document for electronic submission.

How long does a D1 form take?

The form is likely to take about half an hour to fill out depending on your speed. Postal submissions are processed within three weeks, while an online application will only take you about a week.

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