How to Renew Your Driving Licence
About 8 to 12 weeks prior to the expiry of the driving licence, a Driving Licence Renewal Form is mailed together with a self-addressed envelope to enable you to use this when mailing back to Transport Malta.
A Driving Licence Medical Certification Form is also mailed together with the renewal form for persons holding a Category C, C1, D, D1 and for persons of 70 years of age and over.
If you hold a Driving Licence under more than one category, then the renewal fee of the Driving Licence will cover all the categories that a licence holder may possess, except for categories D, DE, D1, and D1E licence holders over 50 years of age.
In cases where more frequent re-assessment (as specified by the medical practitioner) is required, or those that need to be referred to the Occupational Health Unit (OHU), these are dealt with separately by Transport Malta.
After checking of documents, any renewal forms that fail to meet the required criteria, for example, new address/surname written does not match the details on identity card, incorrect payments, missing medical certificate (if applicable) or unclear/scanned photos (photos must be taken with a clear background, no sunglasses or hats), then these are marked on system and a letter is sent to you together with the renewal form informing you of what is required to finalise your renewal.
Renewal forms with all the required documents are processed. Full driving licences may be renewed, against the fee of €80.00 for a maximum period of ten years, or in cases where the licence holder is 70 years or over, then the licences shall become renewable every five years. In this case the fee of €29.25 is collected. Initially a counterpart driving licence document is issued. The counterpart licence and the photocard are mailed at a later date. However, if the you do not receive the photocard within six weeks following the renewal of the licence, then you need to contact Transport Malta within 90 days from its' renewal and another licence will be issued free of charge after the signing of a declaration confirming that you never received it.
You can renew a Driving Licence by filling the renewal form and sending it by post using the provided self addressed envelope or by paying it online using your e-ID account by entering the reference code found on the renewal form (please use this reference code by the expiry date indicated next to it). In exceptional and justified cases, these can be processed over the counter.
The Authority offers the possibility of ordering your driving licence urgently – this shall be available for collection within 24 hours from your order i.e. if a driving licence card is ordered on Tuesday at 11am, then this shall be ready by latest Wednesday 11am. A payment of €25 is applicable for such service. In the event of Fridays or eves of a Public/National Holiday then the last order processed would be by 11am otherwise we would not be in a position to guarantee the request can be met on time.
Renewal of Driving Licences are subject to licence holders being compliant to the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licenses) Regulations S.L. 65.18
a. the driving licence renewal form, duly filled-in, and signed;
b. one good-quality coloured passport-sized photograph;
c. the fee shown on the renewal form, payable by cheque or money order in favour of Transport Malta;
d. medical certificate required if the licence holder hold one of the categories C, C, D, D1 and for person of 70 years of age and over.
e. copy of the identity card in case of a change in address / surname
Legal and Regulations
A full driving licence for ten years is issued, upon renewal, if no penalty points are recorded or if the penalty points imposed were less than 12.
With effect from the 19th January, 2013, licences issued for categories C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 and D1E shall remain valid for a maximum period of five years. A medical certificate shall be produced certifying that such categories still comply with the minimum standard of physical and mental fitness for driving set out in the Eighth Schedule.
The period of validity of a driving licence shall not be affected by the holder obtaining a driving licence of any other class or type
Where a person does not renew his driving licence within twelve months from the expiry date of the said licence, that person shall only be entitled to obtain his or her driving licence once that person pays the arrears due. However, where that person does not renew his driving licence after twelve months from the expiry date of the said licence, that person shall only be entitled to obtain his or her driving licence once that person pays the arrears due and a late renewal fee of twelve euro (€12).
A driving licence shall not be granted or renewed unless, at the age of seventy years and every five years thereafter, a person produces a medical certificate of physical fitness on application.
As from the 19th January, 2013, holders of driving licences in categories C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 and D1E shall, when renewing their driving licence, produce a medical certificate certifying that they still comply with the minimum standard of physical and mental fitness for driving set out in the Eighth Schedule.
Driving licence holders who are authorised to drive public transport vehicles shall produce a medical certificate of physical fitness at the age of fifty, and every five years thereafter until the age of sixty, after which such medical certificate shall be produced annually prior to the renewal of their driving licence (see Renewal of Public Transport Vehicle Licence Categories (D1. D1E, D, DE))
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