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Have You Renewed Your License Photo?

Renew Your Driving License Photo Before It’s Too Late

Over 1.6million drivers could be at risk of a £1,000 fine because the photograph on their driving license has expired, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Many people are not aware that the photograph on their driving license needs to be updated every ten years at a cost of £20, as set out by the DVLA. Those with old-style paper licenses are not affected.

As well as 1.6million drivers’ photographs that have expired, a further 2.9million must be renewed by the end of 2012 - and over the next five years, almost 13million drivers must renew their photograph to abide by the law.

Failure to update your photograph carries a £1,000 fine and can be enforced by the police under Section 99 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

'Drivers should also remember that their photo card license serves as more than just a driving license. Should they intend to use it as a form of identification for other things such as hiring a car or an internal flight, for example, having an out of date photograph could cause problems or delays.'

What about the old style paper licenses?

The AA website states that if you still have a paper driving license you don't have to worry about ten yearly updates, though you must still notify DVLA of name or address changes.

It also says that parliament has given powers to recall all paper licenses so the more secure photo card licenses will be held by everyone, but no date has been set for this, and the Government is well aware that it would be controversial to make everyone buy a new license.

The AA has said that if the government insists on everyone changing, it should phase in such a move and subsidise the cost.

Keeping the details on your paper licence up to date will ensure that DVLA is able to tell you when this is happening and if you need to do something.

“We agree with this article that a lot of people will have forgot about renewing their photos”  Says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire

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