Staying legal

Before you can drive on the road, there are some things you must do and have in place first such as having a valid driving licence and a vehicle that’s taxed and registered with DVLA: check what you must do to drive a car legally on the road.

Number plates

Your vehicle must have number plates showing that it’s been registered with DVLA. Find out the rules about displaying number plates on your vehicle.

You can buy a personalised number: see this guide on GOV.UK.

National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme courses

If you’ve been invited to take a National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) course following a driving offence or disqualification, you can book a course at GOV.UK.

Fines and letters about a vehicle you do not own

Occasionally, letters about vehicles get sent to a previous owner or just to the wrong person: find out what to do if you receive a letter about a vehicle you do not own.

Medical conditions that affect your driving

Some health conditions can make it unsafe for you to drive and you may need to give up your licence. Check which medical conditions you need to tell DVLA about.

If you’re not allowed to drive anymore, find out how to give up your driving licence for medical reasons.

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