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AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2013 22:51

As many as 2 million drivers could face £1,000 fines for failing to update the photo on their driving licence, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
The photo on your driving licence needs to be updated every 10 years - and failing to do so would invalidate your licence and could leave you with a £1,000 fine if pulled over by the police.

But as many as 2 million have not updated their photo, leaving them vulnerable to a nasty surprise if stopped with an invalid driving licence.

The DVLA says it sends reminders out two months before a renewal is due.

A spokesperson for the authority says: "Appearances can change and it is important that photo card licences are updated every 10 years to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently.

"This helps prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to our roads."


Sharron Report 17 Jan 2013 23:03

I still have a green one. It works and I have never been relieved of my licence so have never had a new one.


Maryanna Report 17 Jan 2013 23:11

I had to swap my green one in for a pink one when we moved to this house about 27 years ago.

It is a wee bit tatty but,touch wood, it still has no points on it. M


maggiewinchester Report 17 Jan 2013 23:17

I've still got my provisional - with no photo and the wrong address on, but it's valid until 2022!!!!

May have to get it updated if I decide to learn to drive :-|


AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2013 23:21

just thought I'd post that as a warning to the unwary


Sharron Report 17 Jan 2013 23:24

You would have to be stopped for something else before they wanted to have a look at your licence.


maggiewinchester Report 17 Jan 2013 23:25

My passport still has 3 years to go - and I look NOTHING like my photo!
In the past 7 years my very short hair is now long, and 'put up', The colour has changed from dyed maroon to dyed light brown/blonde/grey (depending on what's on offer) and I've put on over 2 stone


Bobtanian Report 17 Jan 2013 23:26

the photo renewal is aimed at the younger set......their appearance can change quite dramatically, but the older drivers' photo stays much the at 75 I dont need a new picture but an assurance that I am still physically and mentally able........


Maryanna Report 17 Jan 2013 23:28

My husband nearly got caught out last year. Luckily our daughter was on the ball and realised that she had had hers for ten years around that time and told her Dad which made him check his. I think a lot of people think they are valid almost forever like the old paper ones were. M


LadyScozz Report 17 Jan 2013 23:32

British driving licence doesn't have to be renewed?

In Oz we have to renew them, usually every five or ten years. Just another way of the govt grabbing our money.


But we don't need a licence to watch tv lol


Sharron Report 17 Jan 2013 23:37

I think it was Sir Ernest Shackleton who said that, if you resemble your passport photograph then you are not well enough to travel.


Huia Report 17 Jan 2013 23:48

The first time they issued licences (here in NZ) with photos on, I am sure they squashed my photo. My head looked shorter and wider.

Our police occasionally stop all traffic on a road to check that vehicles are licenced and have current WOF, and they also ask us to speak our name into the gadget which I think might check for alcohol on the breath. They also ask if we have our licence with us, and ask to see it. It happened to me recently. When I was asked to state my full name into the machine I gave the first 2 names and then she pulled the gadget away before I have given my surname! When I pointed that out she said it was ok, she believed me. Obviously no booze on my breath. :-D


supercrutch Report 17 Jan 2013 23:57

Just done mine, they sent me a renewal invitation form. Had to do it as we changed address anyway.

So now I just look bloody older than I did on my last one :-(


AnnCardiff Report 18 Jan 2013 00:03

I look a bit like Marilyn Monroe on mine

as she looks now!!!! :-D :-D :-D

*$parkling $andie*

*$parkling $andie* Report 18 Jan 2013 00:51

lol@ AnnCardiff


supercrutch Report 18 Jan 2013 01:05

:-D :-D :-D :-D


Jane Report 18 Jan 2013 08:17

Apparently DVLC is going to write to all the people with the old green style licence and make them change to a photo one. Not sure when this is happening. I'm sure its just to get more money out of us.



SuffolkVera Report 18 Jan 2013 11:07

I had to renew mine last year and did it online. I didn't have to send a new photo. As I had a current passport I just had to give them the number and somehow they electronically transferred my passport photo to my new driving licence. So now I look an old hag on both!


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Jan 2013 11:38

*DVLC is going to write to all the people with the old green style licence and make them change to a photo one*

Pftt! I like my old style paper version - it's becoming a rarity! Anyway, with a surname towards the end of the alphabet, with a bit of luck I won't have to pay by the time they get round to it ;-)

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 18 Jan 2013 11:55

As am over 70 I have to renew every 3 years , just done mine online and they dont need another photo as did that the last time I renewed . Am looking a bit older than the piccy I think, but its still ME :-D