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Licence to Drive in 2020
New Year’s Resolution – check your driving licence!!
Here is a great New Year’s resolution that takes only a few seconds to complete and could save you a lot of money and hassle….
If you have a photocard driving licence then did you know that they have to be renewed every 10 years? You can be fined up to £1,000 for having an out-of-date photocard licence and it could possibly affect your insurance cover too. The expiry date is listed in section 4b on the photocard licence so get your card and check it now!
DVLA states that it sends out reminders to drivers about photocard licences due to expire but it is estimated that there are currently over 2 million drivers whose photocard licence is out of date! So why does it have to be renewed? The official explanation for the requirement to renew every 10 years is:
“The appearance of the holder will change over that period of time and the requirement is that the photo must be a true likeness…. it is essential for the police and other enforcement agencies to have the clearest and identifiable image so that fraudulent usage is not being undertaken. The ten-year expiry also ensures that the holder has all of the latest security features that will protect against fraudulent use.”
It costs £14 to renew online and DVLA states that it typically takes a week to process and send out the new photocard. DVLA will get the photo and signature for your new driving licence from your passport. If you do not have a current passport then you will have to apply by post or at a Post Office instead.
You should also ensure that your name and address are listed correctly, as again you could be fined up to £1,000 if these are incorrect. For example, a survey by Direct Line found that 3% of married women had an out-of-date name on their licence. There is no charge to change name or address details.
On-line application and further information is available at the official www.gov.uk website – please make sure you don’t inadvertently use a bogus website!
Happy New Year from all at Safewell!
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