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Our guide to avoiding a £1000 fine

Don’t let the small print on your UK photocard Driving Licence cost you a £1000 fine!

You may not have realised it but the photocard driving licence is only valid for 10 years and if you don’t renew it, and drive on UK roads, you will be liable to a £1000 fine. According to recent DVLA figures there are approximately 2.2 million out-of-date photocards being used. Most people think that the photocard is valid indefinitely and probably haven’t noticed the small print on the card.


Check your UK Driving Licence

Here’s where to look
On the front of your photocard the date of expiry is shown at 4b.
Also, look on the back of the card (even smaller print) and you’ll see the explanation of what each number represents.

You also need to ensure that your name and address details are up-to-date. For instance, figures show that 3% of married women have an out-of-date name on their licence. If your details are not correct you will be liable to a £1000 fine if stopped by police.

How do I update or renew my licence?
Apply online at www.gov.uk
Apply by post. You can download the form from the DVLA website
Apply in person at a Post Office. This will cost an extra £4.50

What if my licence has already expired?
Apply immediately for a new licence. DVLA advise that renewing late won’t prompt a fine, however, you run a risk of a fine if you drive without a valid licence.

So don’t delay, check your photocard licence now.

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