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Make sure your driving licence is up to date!

February 20, 2013

If your Photo Driving Licence has expired, you can be fined up to £1,000. Your photo licence must be renewed every 10 years; if you fail to renew it at that point, your driving licence will be invalid. You can choose to update your photo sooner than this if your appearance changes significantly.

How do I know if my photo licence has expired?

To check the status of your photo driving licence, the front of the card shows the expiry date of the photo license (marked 4b). The DVLA should send a renewal application pack before the photo needs to be renewed.

How do I apply for a new Photo Driving Licence?

To renew your photo licence online at www.direct.gov.uk you will need your passport number, driving licence (if you don’t have your licence you must say why as part of the application). The reason you need your passport number – which has to have been issued within the last five years – is because the DVLA will use the picture and countersignature from your passport for your driving licence. Once you’ve filled in all your details and paid for it then the DVLA will send your new licence out to you in the post.

You should receive your new licence within three weeks, although it may take longer than this if medical and personal details need to be verified. As long as you have previously held a UK driving licence and are not likely to have your renewal rejected for medical reasons, it should be fine for you to drive while you await your new licence.

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