The extension applies to drivers with a Photo card driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020.
Drivers with a photo card driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry. This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence.
Normally drivers are required to renew their photo card licence every 10 years, and bus and lorry drivers every 5 years. A new EU regulation has now been introduced which means photo cards that expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be automatically extended for a further 7 months from the date of expiry.
Drivers will be sent a reminder to renew before their 7 month extension ends.
This extension applies to the photo card. 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.
DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said:
"This extension will make it easier for drivers who need to update their photo card 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 photo card before the extension ends."
This change will be introduced from 4 June 2020.
To view the gov.uk press release about the extension please see via the link below: