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Driving Licence Extension Continues

Posted in General News on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Earlier in the year the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) extended the validity of any photocard driving licenses which expired between 1st February and 31st August 2020 by seven months from their expiry date in response to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. The DVLA has now stated that  the catchment period will be extended to 31st December 2020, thereby increasing the extension period from seven months to 11 months. DVLA Chief Executive, Julie Lennard commented: “Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the associated costs with renewing their licences. The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything. Drivers who have already applied to renew their photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive can usually carry on driving while we process their application, providing they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.”

Please be advised that unfortunately the newsletter containing this story included a typo. The dates relating to the updated extension period should have read 1st February 2020 to 31st December 2020 as stated above.



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M Tyler

Thursday, September, 3rd, 2020

Hi i have just renewed my driving licence from DVLA it took less than a week Malcolm Tyler

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W. Williams

Thursday, September, 3rd, 2020

What about those of us who renewed early (renewed in Aug, for expiry in Sept) to ensure we allowed extra time to get it done, only after do we read read about the extensions. Do we get 11 months added onto the life of our renewed licence? We should have been told about the extension earlier and it would have saved a lot of stress to get it done in time.