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What Happens if My Driving Licence Has Expired?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 10 Jul 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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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
I'm going to be 70 on 3 July 2020 and my licence expires onthat date. I applied online for a new licence on 9th April and I have a application reference number for my application which shows "i progress" when I check the status online. I believe I am still entitled to drive in the UK on the expired licence but I also want to drive in France, Will this be legal and will my insurance be valid in France?
Jezza - 29-Jun-20 @ 7:16 PM
My licence had expired by a couple of weeks before I applied to renew it. DVLA have acknowledged receipt of my application but I still have not received the new licence.Can I still drive?Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act says "If your licence expires whilst we are processing your application you can drive"However, mine expired BEFORE I applied.
Trixie - 29-Jun-20 @ 3:23 PM
I sent my over 70s licence for renewal 31/3/20 I was afraid it was lost in the post. I have managed to contact DVLA and they have assured me they have received the application and they would send it out in due course. Still waiting 28th June. Ran out 20th June but the personfrom DVLA said I was entitled to drive. Looks like a bit of a log jam.
Speedy - 28-Jun-20 @ 1:58 PM
My driving licence expired in september 2019, I only realised when my dad had had to renew his as he is about to be 70, thats when I checked mine. I have been trying to get in touch with DVLA since end of March but not luck, I have also tried to fill out renewal form on line but keeps saying my Licence number is invalid, I also tried to fill out forms from Post Office but they did not seem to apply.Dontknow what else to do need my licence for work
rosie - 24-Jun-20 @ 9:12 AM
I noticed on 22nd June that my licence was expiring that day! (No I didn’t get a reminder) but went straight to the Post Office and updated it there and then for £21.50. Does anyone know if that means my licence is in date now? As the lady took my licence (the out of date one) off me. I need to try and get insured on my mums car and so need it ASAP.
Cozza - 23-Jun-20 @ 8:09 PM
Hi there. I am 32 years of age and have not driven for many many years. My licence expired in 2015, can i retake or can i just renew? I am planning to take driving lessons again
Ria - 23-Jun-20 @ 11:19 AM
I have lived in the USA since 1996 and, of course, have held a US licence all that time. I'm returning to England at age 77 - my old green UK licence expired on my 70th(2013).How do I apply from a UK licence? What category do I fall under? I can see nothing that parallels my situation.
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
my driving license is due to run out next month july 29th 2020 what do i do and how to do it and it says it is asking for passport i dont have a passport and before my license runs out am i sent something from the dvlato remind me and explain what to do
mase - 12-Jun-20 @ 8:05 PM
Had my licence revolked dvla could not give me reason why
David - 12-Jun-20 @ 6:37 PM
Dvla site is crapI had car seized as my licence by dvla had been revolkedtried to contact dvla on line askingthem why my licence had been revolked could not tell me
David - 12-Jun-20 @ 6:36 PM
POSTED OFF FOR MY RENEWAL PHOTODRIVINGLICENCE 15TH APRIL 20,IN WITH THE FORMS WAS MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE,N I NUMBER AND MY OLD DRIVERS LICENSE PHOTO STYLE,PLUS AN UP TO DATE PHOTO. MY LICENSE EXPIRED 25TH MAY 20,SO BECAUSE I THINK IT IS ALL LOST IN THE POST,I HAVE ORDERED A REPLACEMENT BIRTH CERTIFICATE,WHICH WHEN I RECEIVE IT I WILL HAVE TO GO TO A POST OFFICE,TO SORT IT ALL OUT,AS NOW I HAVE NOT GOT MY OLD PHOTO LICENSE,SO I ASSUME I HAVE TO SAY IT IS LOST. I HAVE TRIED THE PHONE NUMBER FOR DVLA APPROX 50 TIMES AND ALL THE MESSAGE SAYS IS IT IS CLOSED,EXCEPT FOR KEY WORKERS,WHAT THE HECK ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO,ITS POSSIBLE THAT ALL THE APPLICATIONS ARE IN A ROOM SOMEWHERE WAYTING TO BE SORTED,BUT THAT DOESNOT HELP US,DOES IT.
JENNY - 10-Jun-20 @ 5:00 PM
Sent my licence off for renewal with new ten year photo on 12/03/2020...They have sent me 3 letters since then requesting more medical info each time about my eyesight.and have provided it..now my licence has expired.....today they sent a 4 th letter saying I need to go to specsavers......its rediculous....Drs and my eye specialist say i am clear to drive....
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
My provisional licence expired on 21/03/18, I am trying to renew online.. everytime I put the drivers 2 digit issue number in it says its invalid. Inhave bought a moped andI'm wanting to take a cbt course so I can continue to travel and look after my mother. But dvla not available for advice. Dont know what to do
Helen - 4-Jun-20 @ 7:08 PM
Sent for my licence renewal on 17/3/2020 online,at the end of the application it said they neede more info and would send me a form this arrived a week later,they wanted passport number and photo,I filled it in and posted it,unfortunately this coincided with the lockdown,I got an email saying if they didn’t receive it by the 7/4/2020 it would be null and void,and I’ve heard nothing since.so I’ve no way of knowing whether it arrived or not.cant ring or email because I’m not a key worker,I turned 70 today don’t know if I’m allowed to drive or not.very very frustrating.
Matt - 3-Jun-20 @ 12:54 PM
I sent away my driving licence renewal on the 29th April in plenty time as not due till 28th May .tried phoning due to the the virus it is delayed asked if they had received it they could not help . Phoned police they said unless we got a note from DVCL saying they had it I would be fined if stopped. so therefore cannot drive. can anyone help?
Alister - 2-Jun-20 @ 11:37 AM
Sent my renewal 14th April with my licence 6 weeks ago notheardanything yet Tried phoningno luck I am NHS worker sowhathappens whenit runs out in 3 weeks
Jen - 28-May-20 @ 2:31 PM
Why expiry date of photocard driving licence have not been extended (similarly to MOT expiry date or what is currently planned in Northern Ireland) ? It is currently impossible to renew a photocard driving licence (DVLA indicates not to send any paper applications until further notice). Online renewal is only available for British passport holders. Driving with an expired photocard licence is not permitted and may bring insurance issues. Would it be possible to decide a temporary extension of an expired photocard driving licence by a couple of months (at least for those who only need to renew their photograph) in order to allow the drivers to drive until the end of the coronavirus crisis as it has been decided for MOT expiry date.
JLP - 28-May-20 @ 9:15 AM
WOW! Received my driving licence photocard today, so quick! Suggestions to anyone out there, better go to your local DVLA photocard branch to renew your nearly expire soon driving license. I hope this will help!
Kevin - 27-May-20 @ 6:11 PM
Is the expired licence extended for 7months in England or it is just for Ireland.
Gam - 26-May-20 @ 8:59 AM
I am waiting for a medical assessment so my licence can be renewed. Under the Covid-19 circumstances can I still drive my car? Thanks
Gluepot - 24-May-20 @ 9:08 AM
Not received driving g licence been 8 weeks now cannot get answer when you phone them
Sandy - 23-May-20 @ 7:58 AM
Still not received driving licence it has been eight weeks now cannot get answer when you phone them co.ing up 70 next month
Sandy - 23-May-20 @ 7:55 AM
My driving license photocard was expired 2 weeks ago and I have also missed placed my D798 reminder form somewhere before I went on holiday 2 months ago. I went to one of my area post office that they can do the DVLA photocard renewal brand yesterday and the service was so quick and easy. First-able I told the staff that my driving photocard was expired 2 weeks ago and I don’t have my D798 form and I can I have the D1 form to filling my detail for the photocard renew? He then told me that I don’t need to fill any forms and just give him my expired photocard then he took me to one of the counters that have a digital camera box to have my picture taking and the signature from the digital screen in the box. It was so quick of the whole process and all done in 15mins or less and I paid £21.50 in total and that’s it all done. He was so friendly and helpful as well.
Kevin - 22-May-20 @ 5:19 PM
have not received licensing letter for over 70s licence renewal.which is normally sent to me, the dvla renewal form rejects all applications, spent days trying to phone and sent lots of texts and 2 letters, can not get the d46 form or any other form from post office ,so how can i renew my over 70s licences ,is this the government doing its best or a monty pythons sketch, i have been informed by another DVLC dept to keep all copy’s of applicators to show to police and also if any courts prosecutions .this must be happening to thousands . why has this poor show not hit the news.
dave - 22-May-20 @ 12:04 PM
I sent my current driving licence off on 9/04/20 (6 weeks ago) recorded delivery,for 'renewal at 70', birthday is next month, and so far have not heard anything. I use my licence as ID as I do not have a current passport. I have rung various numbers without success, and sent emails which are always returned as an invalid address, so impossible to contact them. Please advise, have never had an acknowledgement from them. Worried that licence has been lost.
Aubrey - 21-May-20 @ 5:15 PM
My licence expires on the 18/06 have not had the reminder and don't have a passport , Are they still sending out reminders ? , Worse than useless !!
Snappy - 21-May-20 @ 4:43 PM
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