Driving licences are something all drivers have but many don’t give them a second thought. However, there are some important facts about these little cards that not all of us are aware of – but they are vital for keeping us on the right side of the law and avoiding costly fines.

To help, has pulled together a handy summary to make sure you’re in the know.

You need to renew every 10 years

Ok, many drivers are aware of this but how many of us actually know when our driving licence expires? According to the DVLA two million photocards will need to be renewed by March next year and there’s a fine of up to £1,000 for any drivers found with an expired licence. So, get checking.

Keep up to date

Licences also need to be registered to the correct address and name. Don’t forget to update the DVLA if you move or change your name. It’s free to change your address online at

Driving abroad

In EU countries your UK driving licence will be accepted but if you’re travelling further it’s best to check if you need an International Driving Permit (IDP). There are over 100 countries that require an IDP, including the USA and Thailand, so make sure you get one before you go if you’re planning to drive around. Check the Post Office for details of how and when to apply:

Going paper free

Driving licences have been making the headlines recently because, as of 8 June 2015, the DVLA is getting rid of the paper counterparts. These will no longer be issued to new drivers and those of us already in possession of one can dispose of it. Instead, there will be an online system called MyLicence which will hold driver details – good news for those of us who can never find the paper part! You can read more about this change here.

Sarah Lewis


May 18, 2015

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