DVLA warning to Britons who received driving licence before 2014 with huge risk of £1,000 fine

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Driving without a valid licence could see motorists hit with a £1,000 fine

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 29/11/2023

- 15:04

'There are good reasons to keep licences up to date, beyond the basic legal requirement'

Britons who passed their driving test before 2014 are being urged to check their driving licence or they could face a huge fine.

Drivers need to renew their licence every 10 years and could face a huge £1,000 fine if they are caught on the road without the proper identification.

Expiry dates for licences can be found on the front of the card under section 4b, with those who passed their test in 2014 seeing their licence run out soon.

Britons can be hit with a £1,000 fine if they do not have a valid driving licence, in addition to a discretionary disqualification and between three and six penalty points.

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The DVLA consistently encourages motorists to keep on top of their motoring documents and ensure they are never at risk of being fined.

Richard Evans, head of technical services at WeBuyAnyCar said: “To drive anywhere legally, you must hold a valid driving licence which has the most up to date and correct details of your name, date of birth and full address.

“If you know your license is about to expire, or your personal details have changed, it’s crucial you update your licence.

“And with rising costs across the board, drivers should take extra precaution to ensure they aren’t stung with additional charges, like unnecessary fines.

“If drivers don’t have a valid licence, the DVLA warn you could be fined £1,000 and even risk having your vehicle seized.”

Richard Evans warned that drivers would have to pay a far larger price for non-compliance than they would for the standard cost of updating their licence.

If someone needs to change their address on their driving licence online, address by post or name by post, they will not be charged a fee.

The cheapest price to renew a driving licence is £14 when changing a photo or changing a photo and address at the same time online.

In the event that someone needs to change their photo, photo and name or photo and address at the same time through the post, they will be charged £17.

When a driver turns 70, they will need to renew their licence every three years, compared to every 10 years for other age groups.

However, they will not need to pay to renew their licence, with younger age groups paying £14 to renew online or £17 when applying through the post.

Motorists can also renew their expired driving licence at a Post Office for the cost of £21.50.

Philip Gomm, head of external communications at the RAC Foundation, added: “There are good reasons to keep licences up to date, beyond the basic legal requirement.

“They are also a widely accepted form of ID and will certainly be required if you are ever stopped by police.


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The expiry information will be found in section 4b


“Renewal also provides an opportunity for people to assess whether they are still fit to drive, and we think there is an argument for linking a compulsory eye test to the process to make sure we all remain safe on the road, though Government should help keep costs as low as possible for motorists.”

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