The photocard driving licence was introduced ten years ago in July 1998, which is leading to the first batch of people needing to renew them.
Since the photograph will need to be updated, at a cost of £17.50, the reminders will be issued by the DVLA in the next couple of months, but there are concerns that motorists will ignore the letter, or not receive it at the correct address – especially if they are not currently a vehicle owner or regular user.
If drivers fail to renew in time, they could face a £1,000 fine and their motor insurance will be invalidated. It could even lead to unemployment if driving is a part of the motorist’s job.
For motorists who own a UK driving licence but currently live overseas, it may be necessary to send their passport as evidence of identity.