What should you do if your driving licence expires during the coronavirus pandemic?

UK car driving licences need to be renewed every 10 years. Here’s everything you need to know if your licence is about to expire...

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You don’t have to worry at present if your driving licence is about to run out, because a new EU regulation has been introduced adding a seven-month extension to all UK licences that expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020. 

The extension runs from the expiry date on your photocard licence, so if it ran out on 1 June, you’ll have until 1 January 2021 to get it renewed. The aim of the extension is to enable drivers to carry on driving during the Covid-19 pandemic without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence. 

While car licences last for 10 years, those for bus and lorry drivers last for only five years, so they are advised to check the validity of their licence, too. 

The extension to licences is automatic and drivers don’t have to do anything to obtain it. They will be notified and advised to renew their licence before the seven-month extension period finishes. 

The extension applies only to photocard licences that expire. If your driving licence is about to run out because you’re reaching the age of 70, or if you are over 70 and need to renew it every three years, you will need to send it off to renew it in the usual way.