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How Long Is Your Licence Valid For?

If you still have the old paper licence (not the green paper counterpart with a photocard licence) this remains valid until your 70th birthday. Approximately three months before reaching the age of 70, you will receive a reminder from the DVLA to renew it. The old paper licence will then be replaced by a new photocard.

If you have a paper licence and need to make any changes to your details (name, address etc) or if you are disqualified and need to reapply for a new licence, you will be issued with a new photocard and the paper licence becomes invalid.

A photocard driving licence has to be renewed every 10 years and, although a re-test is not required when applying for a licence renewal, it is an offence to drive any motor vehicle or motorcycle without a current valid licence and you could face a fine of up to £1000.

Also, if you have old address details on your photocard, you could also be subjected to a fine of up to £1000.

What Type Of Licence Do You Need?

The categories of vehicle you are allowed to drive differ, depending on what type of driving test you have taken. Different tests must be taken if, for example, you intend to drive vehicles over a certain weight or if you will be carrying more than 7 passengers plus yourself.

Although your driving licence will list the category codes you can drive, you can also check online which categories of vehicle your licence is valid for.

What If Your Licence Has Already Expired?

There is no fine for renewing late, but every time you drive without an up to date licence you risk being caught and fined.

You can renew your expired photocard licence or old paper licence at the UK Government website


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