Government has previously 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. 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. The table below which shows the impact of the further extension.

Original expiry date shown on licenceWith first 7-month extension licence renewal dateWith additional 4-month extension – new licence renewal date
Feb 2020Sept 2020Jan 2021
March 2020Oct 2020Feb2021
April 2020Nov 2020March 2021
May 2020Dec 2020April 2021
June 2020Jan 2021May 2021
July 2020Feb 2021June 2021
August 2020March 2021July 2021
September 2020April 2021August 2021
October 2020May 2021September 2021
November 2020June 2021October 2021
December 2020July 2021November 2021

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, either.

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.

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