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The DVLA urges the public to update their licences as many drivers face fines of £1,000 for failing to update their photocard driving licences.
The company began to issue photo-card licences 15 years ago and today more than 30 million drivers own one. The photocard licence is normally valid for 10 years and there is a legal requirement for motorists to renew their photograph each time they renew their licence.
However, more and more motorists are failing to complete this requirement meaning they could be subject to a fine of up to £1,000 should they be pulled over by the police.
Strict rules do not just apply to photos and licences being out of date, even failing to notify the DVLA of a change of address could prove to be a costly mistake.
In 2015, paper licences will be officially phased out and it will become mandatory to own a photo-card driving licence if you are a British motorist, so it is well worth any drivers who think they may be in need of a renewal to make some checks online.
Victoria Ford from the DVLA who believes the reasons for updating the photograph on your licence are clear, said: “Appearances can change and it is important that photo-card licences are updated every 10 years to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently.”
“This helps prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to our roads.”
Every time you change your address, or change your name, you must remember to tell the DVLA so that your driving licence and car registration information can be updated. To check which address is on your licence, take a look at the bottom of the card and it will be clearly stated on there.
Many people get confused and think that there will be a cost every time you update your licence but the £20 only applies to those who need to renew their licence because it has expired or has been lost. If you are simply updating your address, a new licence will be free.
The DVLA sends out letter to drivers whose licences are due to expire, but there are concerns that many drivers may not check.
Additional checks that many drivers may fail to make but could cost them further cash in fines include, failing to check V5 documents to insure a car is registered to the correct address and checking that an insured car is registered on the Motor Insurance Database.
Both of these checks can be done very simply online but failure to do so could result in a continuous insurance enforcement penalty of £100 and a £1,000 fine for failure to register a vehicle.