Drivers have been advised to check their licences immediately to avoid a £1,000 fine.

MoneySavingExpert, founded by financial guru Martin Lewis, issued the warning after the amnesty on renewals finished at the end of last year.  

It means if your licence expired after December 2020, or the 11-month stay you were granted has come to an end, you must apply for a renewal.

A blog post on MSE reads: ‘Urgent – check if your photo licence is valid NOW, as the renewal amnesty has ended and you could be fined. 

‘Many whose licences were due to renew last year got an 11-month extension. But if that’s ended for you, or your licence expired after December 2020, you MUST renew it or you could face a fine.’ 



You can renew the document online for £14 or via the Post Office for £17. 

Mr Lewis previously informed drivers of the changes on his ITV1 programme The Martin Lewis Money Show.

He said: ‘If your photocard lapses between February 1 and August 31, it will add seven months to your licence.

‘However, if your licence expires at any point after this, you won’t be covered by the extension, so check now.’

The amnesty period was then extended to 11 months and covered licence holders until December 2020.

Chief executive at the DVLA Julie Lennard said at the time: ‘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.’

The DVLA website explains: ‘Drivers whose photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive runs out between February 1 2020 and December 31 2020 will have their entitlement automatically extended from the expiry date, for a period of 11 months.

‘Drivers do not need to apply to renew their licence until they receive a reminder before their extension expires.’

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