Extension for UK driving licences

driving licence photocard to illustrate the extension by DVLA

DVLA have announced that there will be a 7 month extension for photocard driving licences that expire between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020.

This means that you will not need to renew your photocard or entitlement to drive until seven months after your original expiry date.

If your photocard driving licence or your entitlement to drive expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 you have a 7-month extension from the date of expiry. This means that you will not need to renew your photocard or entitlement to drive until seven months after your original expiry date. You do not need to do anything as this extension is automatic.

If you have already applied to renew your photocard or entitlement you can continue to drive while DVLA are processing your application providing you have not been told by your doctor or optician that you should not drive. Further information about this is available in the guidance leaflet ‘Can I drive while my application is with DVLA?’

By law, all drivers must ensure that they always meet the medical standards for fitness to drive when driving. Information about driving with a medical condition is available on GOV.UK

While you are thinking about all things to do with driving cars, you might want to read our article about how to check car tax and how to change the address on your vehicle log book.

Update

As of today, DVLA have extended the deadline to the end of the year.