Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months

driving licence photocard to illustrate the extension by DVLA

Under the changes announced today by DVLA, all photocard licences or entitlements to drive, due to expire anytime between now, 1 September and 31 December 2020,  will be automatically extended for 11 months from the date of expiry.

The initial extension expired at the end of August. This has now been further extended to the end of the year under temporary changes announced by DVLA today (1 September 2020).

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

DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard 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.”