If your photocard driving licence has expired you MUST renew it. A quick check now could save you a fine of up to £1,000 if your licence has expired. DVLA writes to every driver when their driving licence is due for renewal, providing instructions on how to renew and the penalty for not doing so.Check your licence
Check your licence expiry date in 4b on the front of the card.
If the date has passed – your licence has expired!
How to renew
Whether you renew or replace a lost or stolen licence the process is the same. There are three ways to apply:
- online at www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence at providing you’ve had a new digital passport issued in the last five years;
- in person at selected Post Offices®
- by post – by completing form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available in selected Post Office® branches or by ordering
It is important that licences are renewed. Having an up to date licence will ensure you have the latest security features to protect you against fraud. You might also experience delays in obtaining insurance or hiring a car if your licence is expired. This will also ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible information to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently, and so help prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to our roads.