Drivers could face £1,000 fines for failing to update simple licence details

Nearly 30% of Brits are unaware they could be fined up to £1,000 for having an out of date driving licence.

But there are also a few other things you need to make sure are up to date to avoid handing over cash.

Experts from QuoteZone are urging British motorists to check their licence, as failure to update basic information like your address, change of name or licence expiration can result in people being handed hefty fines.

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Following news drivers could be handed hefty fines for failing to update their photo licence, experts are urging Brits to check their own.

Currently, guidelines state drivers must renew their licence every ten years, with drivers who are nearing the end of the period receiving a renewal reminder in the post from the DVLA.

Almost a tenth admit to not knowing when their licence is due to expire, but the expiry date is shown in section 4b on ID cards.

Those who have missed renewal reminders and are currently carrying an expired licence should stop driving until the DVLA have received the completed renewal application.

Drivers with licences which expire while the DVLA is processing their renewal application are fine to continue driving under certain conditions, including not being disqualified from driving.

But fines for failure to update driving licences doesn’t only apply to expiration, as 8.6% of drivers are unaware there are other reasons they may need to renew.

These include turning 70, getting married or changing address.

Founder and CEO, Greg Wilson, said: "Anyone who received a new licence in 2014 should prepare to receive their reminder renewal in the post this year.

"It is important not to ignore this reminder and apply for a renewal as soon as possible to avoid potential fines.

"When it comes to renewing photo licences, there are many other factors which could also cause drivers to face fines, including failure to update a new name, address or not updating their image on a new licence.

"With 7.5% of those drivers surveyed admitting to driving on the road not knowing they had an invalid licence, now is the time to double check wallets and make sure everything is up to speed, no one wants to risk an expensive fine." ’s tips on when to renew your licence

10 years

You must renew your licence every ten years to ensure all information and your image are up to date.

There are a few dates on licence cards, but the expiry date can be found under section 4b.

Drivers should ensure they are aware of their expiry date and should expect to receive notice of renewal if they are coming up to their tenth year of having the same licence card to avoid being fined.

There will be a fee to renew the licence.


If you have had your licence for nearly ten years and are due a renewal, one of the things you will have to update is your image.

Even if all of the other information on your licence remains the same, the image on your card might not be reflective of how you currently look.

This is why you must submit a brand new image of yourself taken in the last 30 days.

Anyone found with an out-of-date image on their new photocard may be fined up to £1,000.

Exchange a paper licence

The renewal push affects all Brits with photocard licences, including those with paper licences.

These were issued just before 1998 and remain valid until the holder turns 70, but these were axed in June 2015.

The same rules are applied to these licences and fines can also be handed out for anyone with out-of-date information.

Getting married

Recently married Brits who are taking on their spouse’s surname will have to apply to change their licence to avoid facing fines.

This is the same for anyone else choosing to change their name.

Renewing your licence to update this information is free, even if the same information has been updated a few times.

The expiry date on your licence card will remain the same unless the image has been changed.

Change of address

If you have moved house and not informed the DVLA to update your driving licence, your renewal reminder letter will be sent to the wrong house.

This could lead to thousands of unaware drivers using an outdated licence card and could lead to hefty fines.

Therefore it is essential for all drivers to update their information as soon as they change address. Updating the address on your licence is also free.

Over 70s

Brits over the age of 70 need to update their licence every three years and will receive renewal reminders more often.

Along with the normal documents to prove their key details, over 70s need to provide support from their doctor that they are still able to drive and proof they are currently not banned from driving.


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