Drivers could face 'significant penalties' within weeks due to driving licence rule change


    In September 2020, the Government passed a new rule which saw all photocard driving licences extended for an 11 month period. These covered all licences which ran out between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020.

    According to experts at Peter Barden, drivers whose license was set to expire in July 2020 will need to renew their licence before June to avoid being caught out.

    Section 4b of your driving licence would usually show when it was up for renewal.

    However, drivers did not need to reapply for renewal and did not receive a new card as part of the extension.

    This means existing driving licence cards will continue to show the old renewal date.

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    A possible ban may also be considered under some extreme circumstances.

    The DVLA’s initial driving licence extension period came to a close at the end of August.

    However, this was further extended in September as coronavirus cases started to rise.

    Speaking at the time of the announcement DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennaerd praised the decision.

    “The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything.

    “Drivers who have already applied to renew their photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive can usually carry on driving while we process their application, providing they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.”

    Drivers whose licences expired from 1 January 2021 will need to renew their licence as normal.

    Drivers can renew their driving licence online in a matter of minutes using the DVLA digital service.

    To renew a licence drivers will need a valid UK passport and details of any previous addresses.

    It costs just £14 to renew a licence but there is no fee for drivers over 70 years old or those who have a medical short licence.


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