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Driving licences extended by 11 months

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Drivers whose photocard licence or entitlement to drive expires between February 1 and December 31, 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry under temporary changes announced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The initial extension expired at the end of August and has been further extended to the end of the year.

Under the changes, drivers whose photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive runs out between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020 will have their entitlement automatically extended from the expiry date, for a period of 11 months.

Drivers do not need to apply to renew their licence until they receive a reminder before their extension expires, says the DVLA.

Julie Lennard, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, said: “Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the associated costs with renewing their licences.

“The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything. Drivers who have already applied to renew their photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive can usually carry on driving while we process their application providing, they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.”

The Government granted a seven-month extension to drivers whose photocard driving licence expired between the start of February and the end of August.

Further information is available here.

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  • Gordon - 02/09/2020 12:41

    For those who drive/rent overseas, does the DVSA provide letters / 24-7 web pages / explanations to overseas rental agencies / Police / Traffic officers to explain this clearly? This is needed, otherwise unpleasant situations could arise which are not the drivers fault (roadside check leading to an arrest for an expired licence) ?

  • Ean - 03/09/2020 11:01

    This 11 month extension is fine for the UK, but would not be accepted when driving abroad either by hire car companies or Police.

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