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 Gov.uk, 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.