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Did You Know Your Driving Licence May Be Invalid?

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It has been estimated that over 2 million drivers are unwittingly driving their motor vehicles without realising that their driving licences are out of date and have expired !!

This could land you with a fine of up to £1,000, and penalty points on your driving licence.

For those limited number of drivers who still use the old fashioned “all-paper licences”, which have now ceased to be issued, these are usually valid until the driver’s 70th birthday as long as their personal details are correct.

However, confusion has arisen in relation to the new “photo-card driving licences”, which were first issued in 1998. Drivers believe that their photo-card licences last for life. However, that is not so.

Unlike the old all-paper driving licences, which generally lasted until the age of 70 before requiring renewal, the new photo-card licences are only valid for a period of 10 years from date of issue.

Once the initial 10 year period has elapsed, the driver has to apply to renew that licence, if that licence is to remain valid beyond that 10 year period, and the driver will have to re-apply, every 10 years thereafter.

The reason such photo-card licences, unlike the old all-paper licences, have to be renewed every 10 years is so that the photograph can be updated to show the current likeness of the driver.

Statistics show that since 2010, almost three quarters of a million drivers have been caught driving with an out of date photo-card driving licence.

In addition to facing being fined and having points on your licence, of equal, or greater significance, is the fact that it could also render your motor insurance policy invalid !!

The reason for this is that, under the road traffic legislation, the “entitlement” to drive has ceased.

This unsatisfactory state of affairs has been contributed to by the fact that, on the front of the new photo-card driving licence, underneath the driver’s name and date of birth, are two sets of figures, “4a” and “4b”, without further explanation. It is only when you turn to the reverse side of the photo-card that, in the smallest of print, is written that 4a is the date the photo-card licence was issued and 4b is when the photo-card licence is valid to. Nothing on the photo-card licence tells you when the photo-card licences must be renewed.

The plain fact of the matter is that there is no obligation on the part of the issuing authority, unlike vehicle tax reminders, to write to you to remind you that you must renew the licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you diarise the expiry date of your photo-card driving licence and apply for renewal in time- otherwise you face the consequences referred to above.

For further information contact Paul Trincas on 01635 521212 or

Written by Paul Trincas

January 17th, 2013 at 4:00 pm