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Thousands of drivers have just DAYS to renew licences to avoid £1,000 fine


THOUSANDS of motorists have just days to renew their driving licences to avoid a £1,000 fine.

Licences were automatically extended during the pandemic, but the extra time ends next week.

Renewing your driving licence will cost you £14 if you do it online

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Renewing your driving licence will cost you £14 if you do it onlineCredit: Getty

Usually drivers have to renew their licences every 10 years but they were given more time during the Covid crisis.

At the height of the pandemic an additional 11 months was added onto drivers licences while Brits were locked down and less able to extend them.

The extra time applied to licences that expired between February 1 and December 31, 2020.

That means if your licence was due to expire at the end of last year you’ll have until November 30 – a matter of days – to renew your licence.

If you’re caught without a valid licence you could be hit with a £1,000 fine.

It can also result in three to six penalty points too, and an insurance claim being rejected.

How to check if your licence has expired

To find out if your licence is out of date, you’ll need to check the date listed on your photocard.

Check the date listed as 4b – if it’s passed, then your licence picture has expired.

This means you need to get a new one as soon as possible and keep off the road or risk being whacked with a penalty.

How can I renew my driving licence?

You can either renew your licence online or by sending a form to the DVLA.

It costs £14 if you do it online or £17 if you post your request.

To renew online, you need:

  • a valid UK passport
  • to be a resident of Great Britain – there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
  • to pay £14 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card – but there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence
  • addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • your current driving licence (if you do not have your licence you must say why in your application)
  • your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • to not be disqualified from driving

You can also send it in by post, all you need is a D1 Pack of forms which you can pick up at some Post Offices or from the DVLA website.

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