DVLA extends driving licence renewals

It has long been the case that your full photocard driving licence needs to be renewed every 10 years. However, due to recent uncertainty caused by Covid19, the DVLA has extended driving licence renewals until November 2021. If your photocard driving licence is due to expire before the end of 2020, you will now be granted an 11-month extension.

Covid19 extra lbs

Welcome news if you need a little extra time to lose the additional famous Covid19 lbs generated by the previous lockdown before taking to the photobooths for your next photocard renewal picture!

The extension is automatic, so no application is necessary. However the extension only applies to full licence holders. If you are a provisional licence holder, then unfortunately, the expiry date remains the same.

DVLA: Being able to drive is a “lifeline”

Noting that a seven month extension on photocard renewal had already been made earlier in the year, Julie Lenard, DVLA chief executive said :

“Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the associated forms with renewing their licences. “

Julie Lenard, DVLA chief executive

Ordinarily, a failure to renew your driving licence would result in a fine of up to £1000. It could even invalidate your car insurance if you are involved in an accident since you could be deemed to be driving without a valid driving licence. Failure to update the licence for over two years could even result in the need to retake your driving test.

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Licence renewals: How to renew your driving licence

You can renew your driving licence at the post office, via the post or online up to 2 months before it expires, and you must always ensure to update your current address; not only on your vehicle registration document (V5C) but also with the DVLA.

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Driving abroad this year? Here’s what you need to know!

Familiarise yourself with the local driving laws and compulsory equipment requirements of your intended destination

Remember that driving laws can differ massively from Country to Country. There can be significant differences in fundamental laws such as drink drive limits and speed limits, not to mention the basic equipment which must be present within the vehicle just to be legal on the road.

Fortunately, the AA have compiled a series of Country specific guides which outline the main legal requirements for driving in any given destination, along with a table displaying the compulsory equipment required for driving in the most popular destinations for British motorists.

Prepare in advance, and take a copy of any relevant driving laws to your destination for reference.

Driving abroad tips

Hiring a car abroad? Generate your driving record in advance

Prior to June  last year, most hire car companies required drivers to show their counterpart driving licence before agreeing to hire a car. However, since the counterpart driving licence was abolished in June last year, this is no longer the case.

Now, hire companies rely on the DVLA’s online “share driving licence service” to view the current status of a driving licence and check for any endorsements such as penalty points. In order for this service to run smoothly once you’re at your destination, there are a few initial steps which must be taken in advance.

Step one: Log onto the DVLA’s “View Driving Licence” service at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

Step two: Enter your driver number, postcode and national insurance number

Step two: Generate a unique access code via the “share your driving licence section”

Step three: Make a note of the code and print the PDF summary of the record

Step four: If the car hire company won’t accept the PDF, give them the code. They will then put the code and the last 8 digits of your driver number into the DVLA’s “share driving licence” service to gain an instant summary of your licence.

*** A word of caution***

The single use access code is only valid for 21 days, so to avoid expensive roaming charges once you’re abroad, be sure to generate the code as close to departure as possible.  Although 5 codes can be generated within 24 hours, each code can only be used on 1 occasion.

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Article written by Expert Motoring Lawyer, Alison Ashworth; Managing Director of Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd.

Alison Ashworth; Expert motoring lawyer and Director of www.ashworthmotoringlaw.co.uk

Ashworth Motoring Law is a national firm of expert motoring lawyers who defend all types of motoring offences. If you would like to discuss your case in confidence with a specialist motoring law solicitor, call our motoring law helpline on 0330 33 22 770 for free initial advice. Lines are open round the clock so get in touch whenever’s best for you.


How to find out how many penalty points are on your driving licence

Penalty point 101 – facts and information about the penalty points system:

Penalty points are the endorsements you get on your driving licence as punishment for committing a minor motoring offence. The penalty point system was put in place as a deterrent to motorists in a bid to encourage better behaviour on the roads. However many now argue that the increase of speed, traffic light and bus lane cameras suggests that the penalty point system has become more of a money making scheme for the government rather than about encouraging better behaviour as Parliament originally intended. Whatever the view, the results of falling fowl of the penalty point system can be drastic.

Incur too many penalty points and it could result in licence revocation (for drivers who accumulate six penalty points within their first two years of passing their practical test) or a six month disqualification from driving for more experienced drivers who reach the dreaded twelve point threshold.

Penalty points remain active (for totting up purposes) on your driving licence for three years.  An application to the DVLA can be made after four years to remove them.

For sentencing purposes, when considering whether a person is going to reach the six point threshold (for new drivers) or the 12 month totting up threshold, it’s important to remember to count from the date of the oldest offence within the three year period to the date of the most recent offence. The date of conviction is inconsequential. All too often I come across motorists who ask me to get their hearing adjourned so that the old points will have dropped off their licence by the time the case gets to Court. This really does not work. It wouldn’t matter if the case was adjourned for ten years; the offences themselves would have still been committed within a three year period and the case would therefore proceed to a totting up/revocation hearing.

How to find out how many penalty points are on your driving licence

Ashworth Motoring Law penalty points and how to find out online how many you have

It’s always useful to know how many penalty points you have on your driving licence. Previously, a person’s paper counterpart held details of how many penalty points they had on their driving licence. That all changed in June 2015 when the counterpart driving licence was abolished.

Now, you can obtain an up-to-date snapshot of exactly how many penalty points are on your driving licence by visiting: www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence.  Simply enter your driving licence number, national insurance number and postcode, and the current legal state of your licence will be displayed for you.

You never know, you may need to set that speed limiter or start using the speed camera detection function of your sat-nav once you get your results!

Article written by Expert Motoring Lawyer, Alison Ashworth; Managing Director of Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd.

Alison Ashworth; Expert motoring lawyer and Director of www.ashworthmotoringlaw.co.uk

Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd are specialists in defending all types of driving offences, and are experts in keeping motorists on the road when they face totting up or new driver revocation issues. If you would like expert advice and guidance regarding your case, call our free motoring law helpline on 0330 33 22 770 to speak to a specialist driving offence solicitor. Lines are open round the clock so get in touch whenever’s best for you. We look forward to taking your call.

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