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A new EU regulation automatically extends licence from the date of expiry

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a seven month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced today (4 June 2020).

This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to get a new photograph to renew their licence.

DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard said:

“This extension will make it easier for drivers who need to update their photocard licence with a new photograph. This means as long as they have a valid licence, drivers will be able to continue to make essential journeys.

“The extension is automatic so drivers do not need to do anything and will be sent a reminder to renew their photocard before the extension ends.”

Normally drivers are required to renew their photocard licence every 10 years, and bus and lorry drivers every 5 years.

A new EU regulation has now been introduced which means photocards that expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be automatically extended for a further seven months from the date of expiry. Drivers will be sent a reminder to renew before their seven month extension ends.

This extension applies to the photocard. If a driver’s entitlement to drive is due to expire and they wish to continue to hold a valid licence, they will need to renew this entitlement in the normal way.

The DVLA’s online services to renew your driving licence and replace a driving licence are available for those drivers who need to renew their entitlement to drive or replace a lost or stolen licence.