Has your photocard licence expired?

Renew your photocard driving licence every 10 years or face a fine of up to £1,000.

4.1Checking your licence

Check the expiry date in section 4b on the front of the card. If the date has passed, your licence has expired!

4.2How to renew

Whether you’re renewing your licence or replacing one that’s been lost or stolen, the process is the same. There are 3 ways to apply:

  • online: providing you’ve had a new digital passport issued in the last 5 years - renew your driving licence
  • in person at selected Post Offices®: there’s a handling fee of £4.50 on top of the standard £20 fee
  • by post: completing form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’, available in selected Post Office® branches or by ordering online

Licence renewal is important because you’ll have the latest security features against fraud. You could experience delays in getting insurance or car hire if your licence has expired.

Renewal will also ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the most accurate information to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently. This in turn, helps prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and possibly dangerous drivers taking to our roads.

Find out more on GOV.UK