Motorists are legally required to keep their DVLA driving licence up-to-date and accurate or risk hefty punishments.
This includes keeping the address information and any name or title changes and also making sure the card doesn’t expire.
According to new research, over two million people across the country have an out-of-date photo card licence.
If you are caught with an out-of-date licence then you could land a £1,000 fine.
The information related to when your licence expires is on the front of your photocard under section 4b.
While we may use our ID regularly to buy things in shops or to get into certain venues etc, it is quite easy to overlook the expiry date of the licence itself.
The DVLA states on its website that motorists must renew their photocard licence every 10 years.
Thankfully, you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.
While it may seem annoying to have to fork out £14 to update your driving licence online, it’s a much better option than being stung by a hefty fine.
“Appearances can change, and it’s important that photocard licences are updated every 10 years,” said a DVLA spokesperson
“This is to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently, and so help prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to our roads.
“The DVLA writes to every driver when their photocard driving licence is due for renewal, providing instructions on how to renew and the penalty for not doing so.”
To renew online, you need:
- a valid UK passport
- to be a resident of Great Britain – there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
- to pay £14 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence)
- addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
- your current driving licence (if you do not have your licence you must say why in your application)
- your National Insurance number (if you know it)
- to not be disqualified from driving
If you apply online it should take around a week for the new licence to arrive.
Motorists must also send their old licence back to the DVLA when the new one arrives.
Drivers may be worried that they will retrospectively be fiend if they renew their licence after it has expired, but this will not happen states the DVLA.
Published at Sat, 01 Dec 2018 08:01:00 +0000