1. Check the photocard driving licence expiry date

Photocard licences replaced paper licences in 1998, and must be renewed every 10 years. There are a few dates printed on the photocard, but the one you need is the photo expiry date printed on section 4b on the front of the card.

Driving licence photos must be replaced every 10 years!

You can renew it by clicking here for £14  

2. Check your address is correct

If you forget to update your address you risk a £1,000 fine if stopped by the police – so check now to make sure it’s correct. If your address isn’t accurate, or if you’ve moved since you registered, it’s free to update by visiting the DVLA’s website.

3. Check your name is correct if you have changed it

The third check is to make sure your name is correct on your driving licence, particularly if you’ve changed it since getting married. See this link for more information.

Failing to have an up to date driving licence could lead to you being given a fixed penalty notice, which could lead to a fine of up to £1000. If you have been issued with a fixed penalty notice and require the advice and assistance of a solicitor, call us for a FREE consultation 0191 262 5133 or email us at