2.3 Million Drivers Will Be Affected By A Recent Driving License Change

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Due to the pandemic, the DVLA has issued an update regarding Driving License Renewals. Failing to take note of the recent update could cost; across the UK about 2.3 million drivers are affected.

Right now, millions of drivers are driving with license photos cards that are out of date. The DVLA has extended the deadline for renewing your license due to COVID-19. However if you don’t renew in time after the extension, fines can be up to £1,000.

If your photocard lapses between February 1st 2020 and August 31st 2020, the DVLA will add seven months to your license automatically. Similar to what they did with MOT’s that were due from the end of March 2020. However if your license expires at any point after this, you won’t be covered by the extension.

In the UK, driving without a valid license comes with a £1,000 penalty if you’re stopped by the police.

What did the DVLA announce?

“Drivers with a photocard driving license due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension,”

“This means as long as you have a valid license, drivers will be able to continue to make essential journeys.

“The extension is automatic so drivers do not need to do anything and will be sent a reminder to renew their photocard before the extension ends.

All photocards must be renewed every 10 years and deadline for this will be on your license, under section 4b. It costs £14 to renew online (£17 by post). Plus there is fines if you have incorrect information on your license too such as an incorrect name or address.

We suggest that you renew your license as soon as you can to avoid any fines. The DVLA are still processing renewal applications but they are experiencing delays.

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