I read something in the news this morning that had me reaching for my purse. This is where I keep my driving licence, and the information I read worried my slightly. Forgive me if I’m being a little dim here, but I had no idea you had to “renew” a UK driving licence once every 10 years.
Anyone who runs a UK, removal company that travels internationally, or, indeed Europe, will already know that your licence has to have the photograph updated within the time-frame mentioned above, (at least I hope you do).
When I thought about this, it kind of makes sense, after all, we have to renew our passports once every 10 years because our appearance can change over time, and what’s the point of handing over a passport with a photo of you when you were in your early 20’s and you’re now enjoying retirement!
Because I was unaware of this law imposed by the DVLA, I read more on the information in front of me. To my surprise, I discovered that if you’re stopped by the police, and your photo is out of date, it can carry a fine of up to £1,000! I think part of the reason I didn’t make it my business to know about this, is because when I first got my licence, we didn’t have photos, it was just an official document that stated you were allowed to drive by law.
I’m really glad I did see this piece of information, because although my licence is still “in date”, it’s something I’m going to have to do next year. For any of you that are in the same potential predicament as me, you should know you can update your photo with the DVLA online, but you will have to register, and it costs £20.
Of course, you can go the traditional route, and apply at the local Post Office, or by Post. Some of you are probably giggling at my naivety, but for those of you that didn’t know I hope you’ve found this information useful.
Author: Julie Coburn