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    Default Photo card drivers licence PLEASE READ

    This is a notice that was up on another forum that i visit, you may already know but i didnt.

    Very Important for drivers......
    Please pass on to all workers / volunteers.
    Unwitting motorists face £1,000 fines as thousands of photo card driving licences expire Thousands of motorists are at risk of being fined up to £1,000 because they are unwittingly driving without a valid licence.

    They risk prosecution after failing to spot the extremely small print on their photo card licence which says it automatically expires after 10 years and has to be renewed - even though drivers are licensed to drive until the age of 70.

    The fiasco has come to light a decade after the first batch of photo licences was issued in July 1998, just as the they start to expire.

    Motoring organisations blamed the Government for the fiasco and said 'most'
    drivers believed their licences were for life. Enlarge A mock-up driving licence from 1998 when the photo cards were launched shows the imminent expiry date as item '4b'

    They said officials had failed to publicise sufficiently the fact that new-style licences - unlike the old paper ones - expire after a set period and have to be renewed.

    To rub salt into wounds, drivers will have to a pay £17.50 to renew their card - a charge which critics have condemned as a 'stealth tax'

    and which will earn the Treasury an estimated £437million over 25 years.
    Official DVLA figures reveal that while 16,136 expired this summer, so far only 11,566 drivers have renewed, leaving 4,570 outstanding.

    With another 300,000 photo card licences due to expire over the coming year, experts fear the number of invalid licences will soar, putting thousands more drivers in breach of the law and at risk of a fine.

    At the heart of the confusion is the small print on the tiny credit- card-size photo licence, which is used in conjunction with the paper version.

    Just below the driver name on the front of the photo card licence is a series of dates and details - each one numbered.

    Number 4b features a date in tiny writing, but no explicit explanation as to what it means.
    The date's significance is only explained if the driver turns over the card and reads the key on the back which states that '4b' means 'licence valid to'.

    Even more confusingly, an adjacent table on the rear of the card sets out how long the driver is registered to hold a licence - that is until his or her 70th birthday.

    A total of 25million new-style licences have been issued but - motoring experts say - drivers were never sufficiently warned they would expire within or after 10 years.

    Motorists who fail to renew their licences in time are allowed to continue driving. But the DVLA says they could be charged with 'failing to surrender their licence', an offence carrying a £1,000 fine.

    AA president, Edmund King said: 'It is not generally known that photo card licences expire: there appears to be a lack of information that people will have to renew these licences.

    'People think they have already paid them for once over and that is it.
    'It will come as a surprise to motorists and a shock that they have to pay an extra £17.50.'
    The AA called on the Government to use the annual £450million from traffic enforcement fines to offset the renewal charge.

    More info check here:
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...sing/DG_068315

    Renewal Information:
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/Ne...tedLicence/DG_078070

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    Yep, I received a letter recently telling me I needed to get a new photo for it - as it expires in March. Like others probably did I also thought as I had no idea they needed to be changed every 10 years.

    OK, no big deal I thought, I'll sort out a pic - easy enough being a photographer - then I saw they wanted the £17.50 for the privilege as well!! Robbing swine!

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    Just to add, the bottom link on the above states that it is the "photo" that expires and not the license itself (although the license is deemed invalid due to the expiration of the photo)

    The £17.50 charge is for renewal of the photo and the DVLA should send you a reminder two months before it is due to expire. If you do not get a reminder you can use a "d1" form from the post office.

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    Made me panic then so checked mine but I am ok until 2012

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    Thanks guys, I still have my 'old one' none photo type so good until Dec 20011 one more bonus for beeing my age, something else I can save money on. ...

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    Cheers for the heads up

    Just checked, and mine runs out in April. I had no idea until I read this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davree View Post
    The £17.50 charge is for renewal of the photo and the DVLA should send you a reminder two months before it is due to expire. If you do not get a reminder you can use a "d1" form from the post office
    You can get round most of these silly admin charges by simply processing as a change of address every few years
    Once the updated address arrives, send it back for a further change of address back to your original

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    I actually knew this, only because I got my first 'new' type licence middle of last year when I applied for some extra categories to be added. I didn;t know that I would have to pay for renewal though - bummer.


    Can change of address include update of photo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    I actually knew this, only because I got my first 'new' type licence middle of last year when I applied for some extra categories to be added. I didn;t know that I would have to pay for renewal though - bummer
    Not like you to one slip by like that..

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    mines in 2years i think???

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