7-month extension for expiring photocard driving licences

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If your photocard driving licence was/is due to expire between the 1st of February 2020 and 31st August 2020, you will automatically receive a 7-month extension on your driving licence expiry date. Drivers are required to renew their photocard licence every 10 years, but due to the pandemic (Covid-19), new rules and legislations are being introduced daily. This is to help drivers continue to make essential journeys without needing to apply for a new licence with an updated photo of them. As previously, you will be sent a renewal reminder when your extension ends. For example, if your licence expires on the 10th of June 2020, your new renewal date will be on the 10th of January 2021, so until then, you can use your current driving licence.

Unfortunately, this extension is not applicable to driver’s entitlement to drive, i.e over 70’s which must renew their entitlement every 3 years. If they want to continue holding a valid licence, these drivers must renew their entitlement the normal way, either online or via post.

DVLA’s online services are available to renew your driving licence for the entitlement to drive or to replace a lost or stolen driving licence.


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