Renew driving licence every 10 years or risk £5,000 fine, DVSA warns

The DVLA has issued a warning to drivers, stating they could be at risk of a £5,000 fine.

The agency emphasised that driving with an expired licence is against the law and could result in serious consequences, including fines ranging from £1,000 up to £5,000.

According to data released by the DVLA, almost a million people in the UK need to update their driving licences.

Renewals can be made on the .gov website. The new licence should arrive within a week of the application.

For those applying for their first provisional licence or those who applied for a provisional licence before 1 March 1973, they will need to apply anew.

To renew online, drivers need a valid UK passport, residency in Great Britain (as there’s a different service in Northern Ireland), and a payment of £14 via MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card.

However, there’s no fee for those over 70 or those with a medical short period licence.

You’ll need to provide your addresses for the past three years, your current driving licence and your National Insurance number.

You’ll receive a confirmation email once you’ve applied.

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