Have you checked the ‘4B’ on your driving licence? It could save you £1,000

More than 2.2million drivers across Britain are at risk of being caught out for not updating their driving licence photo – leaving their licence invalid and putting them at risk of a £1,000 fine.

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How do I find out if I need to update my driving licence photo?

The DVLA does write to UK drivers to inform them that their licence will soon be expiring, but many miss it – meaning they  could be hit with a fine up to £1,000.

You can find your driving licence expiry date printed on the front of the photocard section under section  4b. Some driving licences will also have the photo renewal date on the driver’s picture.


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How often do I need to replace (change the photo) my driving licence?

Driving licence photos must be replaced every 10 years, making it easy to forget, but a quick check could save you receiving a fine up to £1,000.

How much will it cost?

If you’re looking to save a few pounds, then renewing your driving licence photo online via the DVLA website will cost you £14. Opting for renewal by post however, will cost you £17. Doing it online is simple and quick, too.

How do I change the photo on my driving licence?

It’s quick and easy to change the photo on your driving licence, you can choose between applying online or by post.

To renew online, the DVLA states you’ll need to:

  • have a valid UK passport
  • be a resident of Great Britain – there’s a different process in Northern Ireland
  • pay £14 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence)
  • provide addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • have your driving licence (if you don’t have your driving licence you must say why as part of your application)
  • have your National Insurance number (if you know it)
  • not be disqualified from driving

Save another £1,000 by making sure all sections of your licence are correct

To apply by post, the DVLA states you’ll need:

  • a new passport type photo taken within the last month (don’t sign the back of the photo)
  • the photocard and paper counterpart of your current licence (if you’ve lost either, tick the relevant box on the D1 form)
  • a cheque or postal order for £17, payable to DVLA (there’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence)
  • Send your application and fee (if needed) to DVLA:
    DVLA
    Swansea
    SA99 1DH

Anything else I need to know?

You can also be fined up to £1,000 for failing to update your address on your driving licence, find out how to change it here.

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