Importance of renewing your driving licence

You must renew your photo card licence when it expires. If you fail to renew your licence and supply a photo that is a recent and true likeness, you will be breaking the law and may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.

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 your driving licence will contain the latest security features to protect you against fraud. It may also make things easier when you hire a car at home or abroad.

You can now apply for a driving licence online at This service is convenient, easy to use and available 24/7.
Once the DVLA has received your application, the new licence should be back within 3 weeks.

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