Posted 6th February 2009
It was a little publicised aspect of the move to photocard driving licences that, unlike the paper licence, the photocard is valid for only 10 years after which the photograph must be replaced
It was a little publicised aspect of the move to photocard driving licences that, unlike the paper licence, the photocard is valid for only 10 years after which the photograph must be replaced. The paper licence remains valid to age 70 but a failure to surrender the photocard once it expires is an offence attracting a maximum possible fine of £1000 in the same way as a failure to notify a change of address or change of name.
We are now more than 10 years on from their introduction and so some of you will be coming up to the deadline or may already have passed it. In theory the DVLA are supposed to notify you two months beforehand but there are plenty of stories around of that not always happening and, of course, if you have moved in the meantime and not notified the change of address (congratulations, that's another possible £1000!) the renewal pack may never get to you.
If in doubt you can check your expiry date from the front of the card - it is the date recorded as item 4b on the front. If your picture passes or is past its sell by date and, for any reason, you have not received the renewal application forms you can use the D1 'application for a driving licence' available from the DVLA form ordering service, and Post Office branches. Needless to say HM Government will be extracting a further£17.50 from each of us for the privilege of making all look, if not act, our age.