'Two million' drivers have broken DVLA rule as experts issue clear warning

-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)
-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)

There's a lot to keep on top of as a motorist - and forgetting some things could leave drivers in trouble. One such thing is keeping tabs on the expiry date of a driving licence - with around two million said to be on the road with an expired one.

The Government has previously warned how drivers have to renew their photocard licence when it expires - or a risk a fine of upto £1,000. A spokesperson said: "It is important that licences are renewed. Appearances can change and it is important that photocard licences are updated every 10 years to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph.

"This helps them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently and also prevents driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to the roads. Getting a new photocard will mean that a motorist’s driving licence will contain the latest security features to protect them against fraud. It may also make things easier when they hire a car at home or abroad."

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Meanwhile experts at webuyanycar warned motorists had to take 'extra precaution' to keep their licence up to date or risk paying the price. It explained: "To drive anywhere legally, you must hold a valid driving licence which has the most up-to-date details, so with more people travelling over summer and in unfamiliar areas, it's especially important to ensure your licence is in date."

"Generally, you're required to renew your licence every 10 years, and this changes to three years if you're over 70. So, if you know your licence is about to expire, or your personal details have changed, it's crucial to update your licence. Our research found that just under half (45 percent) of drivers have received a penalty charge notice for driving offences."

"If drivers don't have a valid licence, the DVLA warns you could be fined £1,000 and even risk having your vehicle seized. This will be a much heavier price to pay than the cost of updating your licence which starts from £14. To avoid being stung by unnecessary fines or charges, drivers should take extra precaution keeping their licence up to date."

Martin Lewis, who founded the Money Saving Expert website previously warned in a newsletter: "Has your photo driving licence expired? Two million have. They usually expire after 10 years - so check its SECTION 4B to see."

Photocard licences replaced paper licences in 1998, and must be renewed every 10 years. The DVLA has confirmed that more than 3.6 million are currently out of date, though this figure will include licences held by those who have stopped driving.

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