Why you need to renew your photocard driving licence in UK?
Photocard driving licences were introduced in the UK in 1998 and it was recognised that they would have to be updated every 10 years. Whether you like it or not, but this is the fact! The need to change the photocard licence is that our appearances do change with time and this should be reflected on the licences. If you don’t renew your photocard driving licence after every 10 years, then you could get a fine of £1,000 as it’s against the law. Photocard driving licences are issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Great Britain. It’s a legal requirement in the nation to renew the car licence for a number of reasons:
- It’s illegal to drive in the UK without having an up to date licence.
- If you don’t renew the card, you will be fined £1,000 if stopped by traffic police.
- Insurance companies don’t provide car or vehicle insurance if you don’t have valid licence.
- You may face difficulties in driving car abroad because of invalid photocard licence.
How to renew your photocard driving licence?
Every photocard driving licence has an expiry date. You need to look at the section ‘4b’ in your card – this is the valid to date of your card. Card licence is not only renewed for updating your latest photo on the card but also to change the address. It is important that licences are updated every 10 years up to the age of 70 years. DVLA sends notification two months before your card expires.
- You will receive a D798 renewal notification form from DVLA via post, in case you have not changed your address. Either you can take this form to any post office branch in the UK and renew your licence online at DVLA.
- Your photocard driving licence renewal process will cost you £14 through online service (£17 if you renew by post).
- In case, you want to change your address make sure you send required documents along with reminder form via post or submit the documents online at DVLA. For changing your photo, take your photo to DVLA standards and send it securely to the DVLA. If you have further queries regarding the renewal process, call DVLA customer service numbers to solve your problem.
- You should receive your new card within 3 weeks, but sometimes it takes longer when DVLA has to check your medical or personal details.
Whenever you receive your photocard licence, check three things: your correct name; expiry date and present address & photo. So, dig out your card NOW to ensure that you have correct information, or you could be stung with a £1,000 fine!