THE government has further extended the renewal period for expired photocard driving licences until the end of December.

Originally the extension had run until the end of August.

The temporary changes were announced by DVLA today (01 September 2020).

Under the changes, drivers whose photocard driving licence expires between 01 February 2020 and 31 December 2020 will have their entitlement automatically extended from the expiry date, for a period of 11 months. 

The government has said that drivers do not need to apply for a licence renewal until they receive a reminder before their extension expires.

DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard explained:

“Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the associated costs with renewing their licences.

The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything. Drivers who have already applied to renew their photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive can usually carry on driving while we process their application, providing they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.

Julie Lennard, DVLA chief executive
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