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The Isle of Man driving licence is issued in 2 parts:

  • Part 1: A photo card containing the license holder's photograph, name and address and date of birth of the driver. The format of the photo card is similar to the European Community Driving Licence.
  • Part 2 : A paper that includes additional details and restrictions of the license.

Both parts must be signed and kept by its holder for the license to be valid. Both parts also show the categories of vehicles the holder is entitled to drive, either as a qualified driver ('F' = 'Full licence') or as a leaner driver ('P' = 'Provisional entitlement'). Restrictions on the driving entitlements are shown by code numbers alongside each category, and their meanings are explained on part 2 of the license.

Application forms to obtain a driver's license may be downloaded online or obtained from Isle of Man Post Offices and the Department of Infrastructure's licensing office:

Ground Floor
Sea Terminal Building
Isle of Man

Submitting the form and paying for the application fee

Payments can be in the form of a cheque payable to IOM Post, unless you are returning the application to the Department of Infrastructure and then it will be payable to the 'Isle of Man Government'. Please make sure the cheque is crossed and that your name and address is written on the back of the cheque.

You may also submit your application to any Post Office counters and payment can be made by debit card, cheque, cash or postal order.

Renewing Your License

License holders will received notification about renewing their license 1 month before it expires. License holders may also choose to renew their license up to 2 months in advance of the expiry date.

Reminders are sent to the address shown on the driving licence system, therefore if you have changed address and did not notified the licensing office you will not receive a reminder that your driving licence is due to expire. It is a legal requirement to notify the licensing office of a change of address.

Emergency Licenses

Emergency driving licenses are issued by paying 32 in addition to the standard fee. Driving licences issued in an emergency are obtained from the Post Office Licensing Office, Opposite Hyundai Garage, Cooil Road, Braddan, Isle of Man. The counter is open Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. To inquire, you may call +44 1624 698525.


  • Driving while your application is being processed:
Full license applicants can continue to drive unless they have been disqualified or advised by a doctor not to drive. Also those who have expired licences must not drive until you receive your new one, so please apply in advance for renewals.
  • Provisional licenses:
First Time applicants must not drive until they receive their license. If renewing then you may continue to drive as long as your licence is still in date otherwise you must wait for your new licence to arrive.
  • Changes to personal circumstances:
You must inform the Licensing Office of any changes in your personal circumstances using form DL1 for medical reasons or form DL2 for changes to name or address. The address must be the address where you reside in the Isle of Man. Failure to notify any relevant changes of medical conditions is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to 1,000.


Required Documents[edit]

The address on your identification must be the address where you reside in Isle of Man. A business, club or hotel address cannot be accepted if you do not reside there. Obtaining a provisional license for the first time, new applications and replacement of lost license require two forms of identification including proof of age and photographic identification for example, birth certificate and passport. An endorsed photograph may be used for photographic identification; applicants can use both parts of their present license as a proof of identity. The identification will be forwarded with the application to enable security checks to be completed. Renewal applications can use their present license as a proof of identity. Bank cards will not be accepted as proof of identity without exception.
  • Photographs
All applications must include a recent colour passport size photograph of the applicant taken full face and without hat or dark glasses, printed on photographic paper and unmounted. Please put the name of the applicant on the reverse of the photograph.
Endorsed Photograph: Mislaid, new provisional and new license applications must include a colour photograph that has been endorsed on the reverse with 'I certify that this is a true likeness of (title or name)'. The endorser must complete the relevant section on the application form. This may be completed by a British citizen, British subject or citizen of the commonwealth, who has known you for at least 2 years. He or she should be one of the following: a member of the legislature, justice of the peace, minister of religion, advocate, bank officer, police officer, school teacher, established civil servant, doctor or person of similar standing. Please note, a person of similar standing will only be accepted at the discretion of the Licensing Office. A relative should not countersign. The Licensing Office will check authenticity of counter-signatures and in certain cases may ask for further documentary evidence of identity.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

You could approach any post office in Isle Of man and apply for a driver license. Following is website information explaining more information about it : More information


Applicant must be at least 16 years old to be able to operate the following vehicles:

  • Invalid carriage. An invalid carriage is a vehicle not exceeding 254kgs in weight unladen, which is specially designed and constructed and not merely adapted, for the use of a person suffering from some physical defect or disability and used solely by such person
  • Agricultural tractor
  • Motor car (which includes a goods vehicle not exceeding 3,050kgs in weight unladen)
  • Learner motor bicycle not exceeding 125cc, mowing machine, pedestrian controlled vehicle

Applicant must be at least 17 years old to be able to operate the following vehicles:

  • Motor tricycle (for example, Reliant Robin), and motor bicycle (other than a learner motor bicycle).

Applicant must be at least 21 years old to to be able to operate the following vehicles:

  • Any other vehicle, and any PSV (minibus or bus). A licence from the Road Traffic Licensing Committee is also required to drive a public service vehicle.


To obtain a Provisional license:

  • First issue: 21
It includes the cost of supplying a theory and hazard perception test DVD with an initial provisional licence.
  • Renewal: 17

To obtain a full license:

  • For those aged under 66 : 35
  • For those aged 66 : 32
  • For those aged 67 : 29
  • For those aged 68 : 26
  • For those aged 69 : 23
  • For those aged 70 : 20
  • For those aged 71 : 17
  • For those aged 72 or over : 14
  • For licenses issued on medical grounds for reduced term:
    • 3 years: 14
    • 1 or 2 years: 9

Other Fees:

  • Adding groups/categories: 17
  • Removing endorsements: 17
  • Duplicate license: 17
  • For licenses issued on medical grounds for reduced term:
    • 3 years: 14
    • 1 or 2 years: 9

Emergency Licenses: 32 in addition to the standard fee


Full license:

  • For those aged under 66 : 10 years
  • For those aged 66 : 9 years
  • For those aged 67 : 8 years
  • For those aged 68 : 7 years
  • For those aged 69 : 6 years
  • For those aged 70 : 5 years
  • For those aged 71 : 4 years
  • For those aged 72 or over : 3 Years
  • Licenses issued on medical grounds may be valid for 3 years, 2 years or a year.

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Driving Licences may be obtained from Isle of Man Post, they are licensed by the Department of Infrastructure to issue driving licenses. The licensing office at the Department of Infrastructure deals with applications for driving licences from new residents to the Island and also deals with questions regarding medical fitness to drive.

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A driver's license is a legal document issued by the state. It expresses a persons capability to operate a motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle, car, truck or a bus, on a public roadway. Laws relating to the issuance of licenses vary between jurisdictions.

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