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Is Your Driving Licence Photocard Up to Date?

I recently had to apply for the photocard part of my driving licence to be renewed at a price of £20.

Whilst I had spotted this, DVLA figures suggest that thousands of motorists are at risk of being fined up to £1,000 as they are unwittingly driving around without a valid licence because they have failed to notice that the photocard licence automatically expires after 10 years. 

Although the driver is registered to hold a licence until their 70th birthday, at 4b, the small print on the photo licence shows when the licence is actually valid until.

Motorists who fail to renew their licences in time can continue driving but the DVLA says they could be charged with 'failing to surrender their licence', an offence carrying a £1,000 fine.

Importantly however, insurance cover is not affected if drivers have failed to update their photocard.