Failure to update your photo card driving licence may cost you

It seems something so simple, but failing to update your photo card driving licence may result in drivers having to face a fine of up to £1,000, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The photo card licences were originally issued in 1998 and more than 30 million drivers now have one, but they are soon to be mandatory, with plans in place to have paper licences officially phased out by 2015.

The licences are normally valid for 10 years, but when it comes to renewing your licence, it is a legal requirement to renew the photograph at the same time!

And it is clearly something that is not as common knowledge to all drivers as it should be, as two million drivers have failed to do this.

If you are pulled over by the police and your photo and licence are found to be out of date, you could be fined up to £1,000. In fact, even failing to inform the DVLA that you have changed address or name could ultimately prove costly.

Victoria Ford from the DVLA said: “Appearances can change and it is important that photo-card licences are updated every 10 years to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently.

“This helps prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to our roads.”

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