Is your Driving Licence Card Valid?

Check your Driving Licence now to avoid a possible £1000 fine

HUNDREDS of driving licences could have expired which could mean you may face a fine of up to £1,000.

Following the first wave of coronavirus, drivers were given 11 months extension on license cards which would have expired between 01/02/20 – 31/12/20. The extension was given from the date your licence was due to expire and are not automatically extended. You will not get a new licence as part of the automatic extension. You’ll only get a new licence when you renew it.

Renew your licence as normal if it expires on or after 1 January 2021. Failing to renew it could cost you up to £1,000.

How can you renew your licence?

The process is similar, whether you’re renewing a driving licence or replacing a lost or stolen one. There are three ways to apply:

  • Online. You can apply online at, providing you’ve a valid UK passport.
  • By post. Alternatively, anyone can get forms (known as ‘D1 pack’) from most post offices, or order one from the DVLA website (in the ‘Other ways to apply’ section).
  • In person at selected post offices. The Post Office charges an extra £4.50 to take your photo on top of the £17 fee, but the total also includes posting your application to the DVLA.

How much does it cost?

There’s a £14 fee if you renew online, £17 if you renew by post. A reminder and form should be received roughly 2 months before your driving licence card is set to expire, but it is your responsibility to ensure that your driving licence card is valid – check it now to avoid £1000 fine.

April 15, 2021

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