DVLA issues update on its services – photocard licence extension granted

The DVLA has been in contact with the NCC, to keep to advised about developments on DVLA services.

Ministers at the Department for Transport have approved a temporary measure to assist drivers in complying with the law during the COVID 19 pandemic.

To enable drivers who need to update their photocard licence with a new photograph at the end of the 10 years validity period, photocard driving licences that expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be automatically extended for a period of 7 months from the date of expiry.

Drivers do not need to take any action as the extension will be automatic and they will be sent a renewal reminder before their 7-month extension ends.

If a driver has already applied online to renew their photocard, this will be processed as normal. If they have already sent a paper application to renew their photocard, there will be delays in processing but the 7-month extension will apply in the meantime.

This extension applies to the photocard renewal date – it does not apply where a driver’s entitlement to drive is due to expire; if they wish to continue to hold a valid licence, they need to renew this in the normal way. 

The NCC has been asked to ensure its members are aware of this extension to the validity of photocard driving licences, which is now in force.