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The DVLA has confirmed that as of today (4 June), the expiry date of photocard driving licences has been extended by seven months, following a change of EU regulations.

It applies to 10-year photocard licences expiring between 1 February and 31 August 2020, as well as five-year Group 2 vocational licences of holders under 45 years old. It does not apply where entitlement to drive expires, where a renewal must be made in the usual way.

If a driver has already applied online to renew their photocard, this will be processed as normal. If they have already sent a paper application to renew their photocard there will be delays in processing, but the seven-month extension will apply in the meantime.

DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard explained: “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.”