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Drivers given automatic photocard licence extension

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Drivers whose photocard licence is due to expire will be granted a seven-month extension, allowing them to use their vehicles during the coronavirus pandemic.

Photocard driving licences due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a seven-month extension from the end date, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has announced.

Normally drivers are required to renew their photocard licence every 10 years but a new EU regulation means they will be automatically extended for seven months.

This will allow drivers to make necessary journeys during the coronavirus crisis without having to get a new photo to renew their licence.

Drivers will be sent a reminder to renew before the extension ends.

DVLA chief executive, Julie Lennard, said: “This extension will make it easier for drivers who need to update their photocard licence with a new photograph. This means as long as they have a valid licence, drivers will be able to continue to make essential journeys.

“The extension is automatic so drivers do not need to do anything and will be sent a reminder to renew their photocard before the extension ends.”

The DVLA added that its online services to renew or replace a driving licence are available.

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