Drivers are being urged to check when their driving licence expires as the coronavirus extension runs out this week.

Motorists have just two more days to renew their licence if it expired between February 1 and December 31 2020 as the deadline is September 2021.

Drivers who fail to renew their licence could be issued a £1,000 fine, so have been urged to update it as soon as they can.

The DVLA extended driving licences for 11 months at the height of the pandemic last year amid Covid restrictions.

It means photocard licences which expired between February and December 2020 were extended - valid from the date of expiry.

So, if your licence was due to expire in October 2020, your time to renew it would be in September 2021.

Applying for a UK Driving Licence on the DVLA form
Drivers are being urged to check when their driving licence expires

For driving licences that should have run out in November 2020, you'll need to make sure it is up to date by October 2021.

Or if yours was due to expire in December 2020, this means your new expiry date is November 2021.

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

The DVLA has warned there is a ten week delay on new licences, but motorists can continue driving if they receive confirmation their application is being processed.

You must renew your licence as normal if it expires on or after January 1, 2021.

How to renew driving licence

If you are under 70, you must renew your driving licence every ten years.

You'll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.

Driving licences can be renewed online via the Gov.uk website, at the Post Office, or by posting your application to the DVLA.

Once you reach 70, you must renew your driving licence every three years.

Drivers who have applied to renew their licence can usually carry on driving while we process their application.

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The DVLA must have received your correct and complete application within the last 12 months as well.

You risk invalidating your insurance if your driving licence is not valid, with the DVLA imposing a fine of up to £1000.

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