According to a recent announcement by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), as many as two million drivers face a fine for failing to update their photocard driving licences.
More than 30 million drivers in the UK now have these licences. Many do not realize that unlike the old paper versions they expire after only ten years and have to be renewed. The DVLA charge £20 for renewal and the penalty for failing to update is a fine of up to £1,000, although penalty points cannot be imposed. Renewal applications can be submitted to the DVLA up to two months before the expiry date.
The government does have power to force the holders of old-style licences to surrender them, but the legislation remains dormant, at least for the time being.
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