Photocard Licence Expiry Extension – have you checked yours?
At the end of July DVLA advised that drivers whose photocard licence or entitlement to drive expired between 1 February and 31 August 2020 would be granted a seven-month extension from the date of expiry. DVLA are pleased to be able to advise that the EU has now agreed to increase the catchment period to 31 December 2020 and increase the extension period from 7 months to 11 months.
This means that drivers whose photocard or entitlement expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020 now have an 11-month extension from the date of expiry. Table below shows the impact of the further extension.
Original expiry date shown on licence With first 7-month extension – renewal date With additional 4-month extension – renewal date
Feb-20 Sep-20 Jan-21
Mar-20 Oct-20 Feb-21
Apr-20 Nov-20 Mar-21
May-20 Dec-20 Apr-21
Jun-20 Jan-21 May-21
Jul-20 Feb-21 Jun-21
Aug-20 Mar-21 Jul-21
Sep-20 Apr-21 Aug-21
Oct-20 May-21 Sep-21
Nov-20 Jun-21 Oct-21
Dec-20 Jul-21 Nov-21
Drivers do NOT need to take any action as the extension will be automatic. Drivers do not need to renew their licence until they receive a reminder before their extension expires.
If a driver has already applied to DVLA to renew their photocard or their entitlement, they can continue to drive while DVLA is considering their application, providing they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.
Further information is available here
However, drivers do not need to apply to renew until the extension expires – we will write to drivers to remind them to renew when the times comes.
By law, all drivers must ensure they always meet the medical standards for fitness to drive when driving. Information about driving with a medical condition is available on GOV.UK