The government has granted drivers an extension for renewing their photocard licences.
The extension applies to drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1st February and 31st August 2020 and came into force on the 4th June.
Normal rules require drivers to renew their photocard licence every 10 years, and bus and lorry drivers every 5 years. However, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, drivers will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry to help drivers make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence.
Do I need to apply for the extension?
You don’t need to apply for the extension or fill out any paperwork, as the extension will be applied automatically if your expiry date falls within the date range mentioned above.
What happens if my licence is due to expire?
Drivers will be sent a reminder to renew before the 7 month extension ends. This extension only applies to the photocard. If your entitlement to drive is due to expire and you wish to continue to hold a valid licence, you will need to renew this entitlement in the usual way.
DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said: “This extension will make it easier for drivers who need to update their photocard licence with a new photograph. This means as long as they have a valid licence, drivers will be able to continue to make essential journeys. The extension is automatic so drivers do not need to do anything and will be sent a reminder to renew their photocard before the extension ends.”