Motorists granted a seven-month extension for driving licence renewals as the DVLA struggles to process applications during pandemic

  • Licences are automatically extended by seven months from the date of expiry 
  • Impacted motorists will be sent reminders ahead of their new renewal date
  • It only applies to photocard renewals that expire after 10 years
  • If a driver's entitlement to drive is due to expire or they have lost or had their licence stolen, they will need to apply for new ones online

Drivers with a pink plastic photocard driving licence that's due to expire will be granted a seven-month extension, the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency has confirmed today. 

Driving licence extended

Those with photocards expiring between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 will automatically have their licence renewals extended from the date of expiry and can now carry on driving safe in the knowledge they’re still legal.  

The move comes as the government agency has been struggling to process requests during the pandemic, stating on its website: 'It's taking longer than usual to process driving licence applications because of coronavirus.'

 your plastic pink photocard driving licence is due to be renewed after 10 years between now and 31 August, motorists have been granted a 7-month extension by the DVLA to apply for a new one

Normally drivers are required to renew their photocard licence every 10 years, and bus and lorry drivers every five years. 

However, lockdown has slowed the DVLA's capacity to process applications from motorists as - like many businesses - its workforce is mainly operating remotely from home. 

It had previous warned drivers in April that those using its services should expect ‘significant delays’ during the coronavirus crisis.