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What Happens if My Driving Licence Has Expired?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 18 May 2018 | 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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hi my photo ran out on my driving licence on 10/08/10 but the expire date on my licence is 4b 09/08/20 i have never had any reminders will i be find for not renewing my photo
paul - 18-May-18 @ 8:14 PM
wend - Your Question:
Hi, I didnt realise my photo driving license had expired, June 2013. I still have the paper part which is until 2044, I havent been driving for a few years. I would like to renew but will I need to resit my driving test?

Our Response:
No you won't need to re-sit your test, simply apply to renew in the normal way.
YourDrivingLicence - 18-May-18 @ 3:29 PM
HLB - Your Question:
I didn’t know my licence was out of date. It went out October last year. I have a medical driving licence and can re apply online. Whenever I put the expiry date in it says I cannot have a date that is in the past?! I don’t know how they expect people to renew out of date licences.

Our Response:
If the expiry date has passed and youhave medical licence you may have to apply via the post etc. If you had renewed it in time you may have been able to use the online system.Note also (assuming you had renewed it on time) that you can only renew online if you have diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, a visual impairment, a sleep condition, or a heart condition.
YourDrivingLicence - 18-May-18 @ 2:48 PM
hi, i didnt realise my photo driving license had expired, June 2013. I still have the paper part which is until 2044, I havent been driving for a few years. I would like to renew but will I need to resit my driving test?
wend - 18-May-18 @ 7:57 AM
I didn’t know my licence was out of date. It went out October last year. I have a medical driving licence and can re apply online. Whenever I put the expiry date in it says I cannot have a date that is in the past?! I don’t know how they expect people to renew out of date licences.
HLB - 17-May-18 @ 8:47 PM
Maz - Your Question:
I have an out of date photo driving licence ran out in 2011 as not had a car never bothered renewing it, but now I want to will the post office do it as I don’t have a reminder from DVLA or a In date passport

Our Response:
Yes you should be able to do this at the post office. If you still have your old photocard take that with you together with a form of ID. The post office will be able to take a new photo if needed, or you could take a recent standard sized passport type photo along with you.
YourDrivingLicence - 15-May-18 @ 12:09 PM
Steve - Your Question:
Hi there, after some information on my UK driving license please. We emigrated to Australia from the UK 20 years ago and I have a full Australian license but I did not renew my UK license I still have the old paper one. We are looking to have longer stays in the UK and for insurance reasons I was looking at renewing my UK license. I have read that I may have to take my UK license again rather than just renewing it so any information would be greatly received, Thanks Steve

Our Response:
Torenew a UK licence (obtain a photocard) you need to have a valid UK passport and be a resident of Great Britain. You can drive in the UK on your Australian licence though as along it's not for more than 12 months.
YourDrivingLicence - 14-May-18 @ 3:12 PM
wend - Your Question:
Hello I have just been post office and was asked for I.D. When the lady looked at my license she told me it has run out! 4a states 17.09.2015. 4b states 02.12.2015!. I have never really checked license as I know it is valid for 10 years. I am in a panic. I have no medical grounds and no endorsements. Is this a mistake on D.V.L.A. part. Please could somebody advise me.Wendy.

Our Response:
You should check with the DVLA about this. Did you turn 70 at that time? As you correctly say your photo licence should be valid for 10 years. Check the date on the reverse of the card in column 11, that will tell you when your actual licence is valid until.
YourDrivingLicence - 14-May-18 @ 2:23 PM
Hello I have just been post office and was asked for I.D. When the lady looked at my license she told me it has run out! 4a states 17.09.2015. 4b states 02.12.2015!.. I have never really checked license as I know it is valid for 10 years. I am in a panic. I have no medical grounds and no endorsements. Is this a mistake on D.V.L.A. part. Please could somebody advise me. Wendy.
wend - 14-May-18 @ 12:37 PM
My licence expired before I had my medical to renew my pcv licence.Am I allowed to drive as soon as I have had my medical?
Milky1968 - 12-May-18 @ 12:03 PM
Hi there, after some information on my UK driving license please. We emigrated to Australia from the UK 20 years ago and I have a full Australian license but I did not renew my UK license I still have the old paper one. We are looking to have longer stays in the UK and for insurance reasons I was looking at renewing my UK license. I have read that I may have to take my UK license again rather than just renewing it so any information would be greatly received, Thanks Steve
Steve - 12-May-18 @ 2:20 AM
I have an out of date photo driving licence ran out in 2011 as not had a car never bothered renewing it, but now I want to will the post office do it as I don’t have a reminder from DVLA or a In date passport
Maz - 11-May-18 @ 5:17 PM
Tina - Your Question:
I just checked my licence and I realised it wasissued foronly 5years!! Is it dvla mistake?? Evrywhere I read it says itis compulsory to renew driving licence after 10 years so what I should do ? It expired in 2016 but 10 years will be in 2021. As it was issued in 2011. Was it made by m8stake? Please advise. Thank you

Our Response:
How old are you?
YourDrivingLicence - 11-May-18 @ 11:17 AM
I just checked my licence and i realised it wasissued foronly 5years!! Is it dvla mistake?..? Evrywhere i read it says itiscompulsory to renew driving licence after 10 years so what i should do ? It expired in 2016 but 10 years will be in 2021. As it was issued in 2011 . Was it made by m8stake? Please advise. Thank you
Tina - 9-May-18 @ 6:40 PM
Lisa - Your Question:
Sorry, I just realised that I wrote "passport" instead of "driving licence" in my previous posting but could not correct the posting anymore.

Our Response:
Please can you re-phrase and re-post the question as it doesn't make sense at the moment.
YourDrivingLicence - 9-May-18 @ 11:44 AM
Lisa - Your Question:
Hello. My UK passport expired a month ago. I wanted to renew it at the post office today, but they said, that they cannot do it as the passport is expired and gave me a form to fill in and send to the DVLA. This form asks me to send my passport, too, but I will need it over the summer holidays which will delay my renewal for another month. Unfortunately I cannot renew online because I have no UK passport. Is it by law that post offices have to refuse the renewal of passports which are expired for 4 weeks? Many thanks.

Our Response:
Surely if the passport has expired you will need to renew it for your holidays anyway? Can you not have your photo taken at a post office to renew your driving licence (irrespective of your passport)?
YourDrivingLicence - 9-May-18 @ 11:42 AM
Sorry, I just realised that I wrote "passport" instead of "driving licence" in my previous posting but could not correct the posting anymore.
Lisa - 8-May-18 @ 1:28 PM
Hello. My UK passport expired a month ago. I wanted to renew it at the post office today, but they said, that they cannot do it as the passport is expired and gave me a form to fill in and send to the DVLA. This form asks me to send my passport, too, but I will need it over the summer holidays which will delay my renewal for another month. Unfortunately I cannot renew online because I have no UK passport. Is it by law that post offices have to refuse the renewal of passports which are expired for 4 weeks? Many thanks.
Lisa - 8-May-18 @ 1:19 PM
I've been driving in New Zealand on a full license for 11 years and driven in the UK for over a year but have just transferred to a new uk live license. For insurance do I say I've been driving for 11 years or for less than a month since my new uk licence had been issued? Thanks.
Jake - 4-May-18 @ 5:49 PM
I was trying to renew my driving license online, but every time when i put my UK passport number it rejected (says can't be renewed)my licence will expire in 3 weeks .. any suggestion?
Sam - 1-May-18 @ 2:10 AM
Hugh - Your Question:
The expiry date of UK drive license was 30 September 2014. It's over than three years.Since January 2013 to the end of 2014, I was in Spain for job and then I returned to company HQ in Korea till the 18th March 2018. I drived Korean drive licence in Korea. Returing to UK on 19th March, I realised it's expired and invalid. What would be the best way to renew?

Our Response:
You can probably still renew via the post office/or post.
YourDrivingLicence - 25-Apr-18 @ 3:40 PM
ralu - Your Question:
Hi1 I have an EU driving licence which has expired. Can I renew it in UK ?

Our Response:
Yes, here's what the Your Europe EU website says:
"As an EU national living in the United Kingdom, you can renew a driving licence issued in another EU country, at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authorty for a fee of £43. If you live in the United Kingdom and are aged 70 or above, you may be required to undergo additional tests when you renew your licence but this will depend on the medical details presented at the time of the application and at the time of subsequent renewals every three years."
YourDrivingLicence - 25-Apr-18 @ 1:56 PM
JGr - Your Question:
Currently NZ but I am frequently back home to the UK.

Our Response:
You can only renew your UK licence with a UK address. If you're driving while here on short visits, you can do so on your NZ licence.
YourDrivingLicence - 24-Apr-18 @ 2:26 PM
The expiry date of UK drive license was 30 September 2014. It's over than three years. Since January 2013 to the end of 2014, I was in Spain for job and then I returned to company HQ in Korea till the 18th March 2018. I drived Korean drive licence in Korea. Returing to UK on 19th March, I realised it's expired and invalid. What would be the best way to renew?
Hugh - 23-Apr-18 @ 9:42 PM
hi1 I have an EU driving licence which has expired. Can I renew it in UK ?
ralu - 23-Apr-18 @ 6:16 PM
Currently NZ but I am frequently back home to the UK.
JGr - 23-Apr-18 @ 10:32 AM
JGr - Your Question:
Hi. I have always had a full UK drivers license. I also hold a full NZ license. My UK license expired over 7yrs ago, but I still hold a current NZ license. In NZ there is a reciprocal arrangment with the UK to gain an NZ license so I wondered if I can use my NZ license as proof of competency to renew my UK license? Thanks

Our Response:
Which country are you living in?
YourDrivingLicence - 23-Apr-18 @ 10:22 AM
Hi, my provisional licence has expired 5 Yrs I am still within the 10 Yr renewal period can I renew my licence after so long and will my licence number be the same
Jacko9 - 22-Apr-18 @ 8:43 PM
Hi. I have always had a full UK drivers license. I also hold a full NZ license. My UK license expired over 7yrs ago, but I still hold a current NZ license. In NZ there is a reciprocal arrangment with the UK to gain an NZ license so i wondered if i can use my NZ license as proof of competency to renew my UK license? Thanks
JGr - 22-Apr-18 @ 9:10 AM
Hi...iv just renewed my drivers licence online...it expired over a week ago...will i still be in trouble??
Keira215 - 14-Apr-18 @ 8:42 PM
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