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Martin Lewis’ warning over driving licence error that could land £1,000 fine

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Martin Lewis has issued a warning to all motorists to check their driving licence or risk a huge £1,000 fine. Writing in the latest MoneySavingExpert email, he stated that two million drivers are currently in possession of invalid photocard licences.

He said: “Photo driving licences usually expire after 10 years… If you don’t renew, you ultimately risk being fined.” The highest fine for an out-of-date driving licence can be up to £1,000. Photocard licences were introduced in 1998 to replace paper licences and must be renewed every 10 years, the Mirror reports.

A licence can only be renewed by submitting an accurate photo of yourself due to the fact that appearances can change dramatically over a decade. It also allows police to easily spot drivers who are using the wrong licence.

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How to renew your driving licence

In most cases, the Driving and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) will send drivers a reminder around a month before their licence is due to expire. If you have received this letter then you should begin the renewal process as soon as possible.

If you haven’t got a letter but still want to make sure your licence hasn’t expired, you can check the expiry date on section 4b which can be found on the front of your card. The renewal process can either be started online via the government’s website, by post, or in person at some Post Offices.

It will cost you £14 to renew your licence online or £17 if you do it by post. However, if you do it at the Post Office it will cost an extra £4.50 as they will need to take your photo and post the application also.

While for most drivers the card needs to be updated every 10 years, if you are aged 70 or over, you will need to do it every three years – however it will be free in this case.

What happens if your licence has already expired

You can still renew your licence even if its past the expiry date and will not receive a fine. However, you definitely shouldn’t drive with an expired licence.

But you can still drive while the application is being processed, under certain conditions such as driving vehicles you were previously permitted to drive. You can also continue driving if you’ve not been told by a doctor or optician if you shouldn’t.

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