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UK motorists to get seven-month photocard extension

UK motorists to get seven-month photocard extension

Drivers in the UK are to get an automatic seven-month extension on their photocard licence, according to new government information.

Motorists with photocards that were set to expire between February 1 and August 31, 2020, will now get the automatic extension from the point it was set to expire. Reminders will also be sent out so that drivers don’t forget to renew when the extension period is over.

Under normal conditions, drivers are required to renew their licence every 10 years, with bus and lorry drivers renewing every five years instead.

The move will affect around 1.4 million drivers across the UK who would normally have had to renew their licence. It allows drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph in order to renew their licence.

However, the DVLA has said that motorists over 70 - who are required to renew their licence every three years - must continue to do so.

Julie Lennard, DVLA chief executive, 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.”

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