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What Happens if My Driving Licence Has Expired?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 28 Sep 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

Could you please tell me what to do if my driving licence has expired? Also what happens if it has been expired for more than a year?

(Mrs S Pitts, 8 September 2008)

A.

It is important to know when your driving licence expiry date is (or was), as it is illegal to drive without a valid licence. Although the DVLA may send renewal reminders prior to the expiry date, it is your responsibility to make sure that your licence is up-to-date, including getting renewal forms if necessary. Driving without a valid driving licence can result in a fine of up to £1,000, and between three and six penalty points on your licence. Your car can also be seized. Vehicles of persistent offenders can be crushed/disposed of by the police.

Renewing a Driving Licence

Renewing A Driving Licence is free, unless you have been disqualified. The fees for renewing your driving licence are shown below. You can renew your driving licence at 70 plus online at the DVLA website, or using the D46P application form. For medical renewals, you need to get the D42 or D48 application forms.

Fees for renewal:

  • Renewing a licence at aged 70 (or over): Free
  • Renewing a licence for medical reasons: Free
  • Renewal after disqualification: £65
  • Renewal after disqualification for some drink driving offences: £90
  • Renewal after revocation (under the New Drivers Act): £50
  • To renew the photo on your licence: £20

Renewing a Photo Driving Licence

If your Photo Driving Licence has expired, you can be fined up to £1,000. Your photo licence must be renewed every 10 years; if you fail to renew it at that point, your driving licence will be invalid. You can choose to update your photo sooner than this if your appearance changes significantly. This can be done online via direct.gov.uk or by filling in the DVLA's D1 application form, which you can get online, from the DVLA form ordering service or from certain Post Office branches.

To renew your photo licence online at www.direct.gov.uk you will need your passport number, driving licence (if you don't have your licence you must say why as part of the application) and a form of payment such as a debit or credit card, the cost is £20. The reason you need your passport number - which has to have been issued within the last five years - is because the DVLA will use the picture and countersignature from your passport for your driving licence. Once you've filled in all your details and paid for it then the DVLA will send your new licence out to you in the post. Couldn't be easier!

How do I know if my photo licence has expired?

To check the status of your photo driving licence, the front of the card shows the expiry date of the photo license (marked 4b). The DVLA will send a renewal application pack before the photo needs to be renewed. Renewing the photo licence is usually £20. Your new licence should be sent back to you within three weeks, although it may take longer than this if medical and personal details need to be verified. As long as you have previously held a UK driving licence and are not likely to have your renewal rejected for medical reasons, it should be fine for you to drive while you await your new licence.

It may seem confusing to people looking to renew their photo licence, as on the DVLA's D1 form it does not mention renewing the licence. What you are really doing is renewing the photo on the licence as this is what expires.

Renewing a driving licence that has been expired for some time

If more than two years has passed since your driving licence expired, you may be made to retake your driving test in order to get a new licence. This is especially the case if your licence has expired due to age (driving licences need to be renewed when you reach seventy years of age) or for medical reasons. For these, you may also have to pass a medical. In other cases, you can simply apply for a new licence without problem, although the DVLA will often want to know why your licence has been expired for so long.

Renewing Your Licence

It's compulsory to renew your licence every 10 years - and if you don't you could face prosecution!! Check out Renewing Your Photo Driving Licence Every 10 Years to keep yourself up to speed on what's required to stay legal.

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Sticky B - 19-Aug-20 @ 9:44 PM
I received a new driving license in2016. The expiry date Oct 2017! I only saw it is out of date! I haven't been driving as when I was in the UK I had no reason to drive,plus I had sold my car, I had my freedom pass! I have moved to Capetown,and want to sometime driveway car here! Do I have to apply here in Capetown at their licences department, or should I be able to renew my license on line?please advice me of what I must do,please
Paul - 19-Aug-20 @ 5:01 PM
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COL - 4-Aug-20 @ 5:42 PM
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Cats - 4-Aug-20 @ 4:47 PM
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Shakac29 - 4-Aug-20 @ 2:22 PM
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Soph - 3-Aug-20 @ 1:50 PM
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Pedro - 1-Aug-20 @ 5:00 PM
I passed my driving test on 30 ago and then immediately went to live abroad and didn't need UK licence until now. Will there still be any record of me passing my test? I'm sure the answer is no but does anyone have any ideas? Cheers Marcus.
Mar - 30-Jul-20 @ 11:46 AM
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Maurice - 28-Jul-20 @ 7:38 AM
When I applied to renew my license at age 70 as well as my photo the fee for changing my photo was £17. Now I see that the fee for changing a photo has gone up to £20, so does this mean that my application is no longer valid?
Grey Fox - 25-Jul-20 @ 7:46 AM
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Trace - 18-Jul-20 @ 2:52 PM
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Bigears - 16-Jul-20 @ 9:58 AM
my provisional licence (photo card) expired years ago. i dont have a reminder for D798 renewal form. how do i reapply or renew my provisional licence? there dosent seem to be an option for my situation on the D1 form???
tom - 10-Jul-20 @ 5:43 PM
I was told by the police my driving licence had expired I told them I still have my old licence and it doesn'texpire until 2027,but they insisted it had expired I ask for what reason they radioed through to the station and couldn't find an explanation but they still impounded my car and I still haven'tbeen told the reason my licence has expired I know have to pay to get my car from the pound.
Debz - 4-Jul-20 @ 10:05 AM
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Jezza - 29-Jun-20 @ 7:16 PM
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Speedy - 28-Jun-20 @ 1:58 PM
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rosie - 24-Jun-20 @ 9:12 AM
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Cozza - 23-Jun-20 @ 8:09 PM
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Ria - 23-Jun-20 @ 11:19 AM
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legrande111 - 22-Jun-20 @ 11:57 PM
Same story as most of you I’ve been waiting since early May my MP is trying to help with no luck as yet, just don’t no where to go from here I’m getting very stressed as I’m sure you all are, Government MUST must get the DVLA back to work. Just noticed!!looked up my license ON LINE and it now says EXPIRED
Sitchcat - 19-Jun-20 @ 6:02 PM
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mase - 12-Jun-20 @ 8:05 PM
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David - 12-Jun-20 @ 6:37 PM
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David - 12-Jun-20 @ 6:36 PM
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JENNY - 10-Jun-20 @ 5:00 PM
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Willerby - 10-Jun-20 @ 12:15 AM
Sent my photo application in April, still waiting .need it for for identification ,get your act together . ?
Mariner - 5-Jun-20 @ 12:27 PM
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