posted 4 years ago

1.8 million have Driving Licence out of date

Most drivers believe that their new style licence is for life, but the licence actually expires after a set period and has to be renewed

Most drivers believe that their new style licence is for life, but the licence actually expires after a set period and has to be renewed. There are currently 1.8 million drivers with a driving licence out of date.

The new style photocard licences are not very clear showing the expiry date, the small print below the drivers name is a numbered series of dates and details. Number 4b features a date but the significance is explained only if the card is turned over where the key on the back states that 4b relates to ‘licence valid to’.

The first batch of ten year photo licences was issued in July 1998 so if you received your licence that year your licence will most certainly be out of date.

The DVLA say that drivers are allowed to continue driving if they have failed to renew before the expiry date but they could be charged with ‘failing to surrender their licence’ which is an offence carrying a £1000 fine. The Association of British Insurers and the Department of Transport said that insurance cover was not affected if drivers failed to update their photocard.

For further information on how to update your licence visit here

DVLA propose increase in Driving Licence cost

 

Just checked mine it runs out dec 13 what was the point in these then just to make more money out of motorists that's if you have tory for a renewal

Well, thats interesting! So it seems all these people not only have expired licences but are driving illegally and as far as there insurance cover are not really covered. Thats a worry for them and for us!

Ha! Ha! i still have the old paper one and will keep it untill dvla say other, but if they make you have one they should PAY for it

A couple of things: First, I still have an old style licence Like 'Jay Prime' Lucky us, eh? :-) Second, Mike Wilcock; if you're going to have a go at someone about their spelling, make sure yours is okay first! 'Johns' uses an apostrophe after the 'n' and 'passed' would actually be 'past' would it not?

was it just me or could anyone else not read passed the spelling mistakes from Johns comment?

@ Ady Cunningham. If im not mistaken when the photo licence was introduced, the biggest argument against such a licence was that it would effectively become a national identity card.. The government of the day went to extraordinary lengths to asure the gullible public it was no such thing and introduced it smilingly regardless. I now read your concern as "a 16 yr old carrying their un updated licence for 60 yrs would find it difficult to prove their identiy" Gosh how right the government are in their view of the general populous as having short memories accepting fools accepting any tripe we choose to feed them... Ah I forget though ..of course its all in our own best interests and will protect us from the terrorist threat that threatens loomingly each time we ask why sir why.....Ckin hogwash big bro

Once you are 70 the DVLA will contact you every three years to renew your licence so no need to worry.

About time this was sorted I have 2 dates in my licence 1 seems to want renewing I think is the photo. the other seems to be when I am 70 only 18 months apart. The photo one is out of date but I was told that if your apearance had not changed much there was no need to update the photo.

I've still got one of the old green licences, with no picture and an expiry date of my 70th birthday!

I THINK IT IS A JOKE MONEY MONEY MONEY TO THE GOVERMENT WHY DON'T THEY PULL THE PEN DOWN FROM THERE ARSE AND USE THERE HEADS AND STOP TAKEING MONEY OF US ANY WONDER PEOPLE ARE NOT UP DATEING THEM

I do believe that the expiry is due to the photograph on the license and personally feel that it is a good idea that the physical look of someone should be updated within a reasonable time frame as it is on a passport otherwise a 16yr old carrying their un updated license for 60yrs would be quite difficult to prove their identity.

All to do with the age of your photograph

Why should they expire? Surely they could make the card last longer which would save us all money. It's just another tax we have to pay!!!