Is Your Licence About To Expire?

Thu 4th Nov 2021

Almost half a million drivers could be at risk of a £1,000 fine and six penalty points as their driving licence unknowingly expires.

A freedom of information request from Co-op Insurance has found that there are close to 2.5 million driving licences set to expire by the end of August 2022, 6 per cent of the 40 million licences in operation. The potential issue has arisen due to an 11 months extension which was added on to drivers licences during Covid, the extension applied to licences that expired between February 1 and December 31. For those whose licence was due to expire on December 31 2020, that extension will run out at the end of this month.

But Co-op’s research has revealed that 450,000 licences have already expired after the extension ran out, and with 40 per cent of drivers not realising their licence expires every ten years, it leaves thousands driving without legal documents.

Paul Evans, head of Co-op Motor Insurance, says: “We’re urging motor vehicle owners to check the expiration date on their driving licence and if it’s due to expire within the next month, to start the renewal process as soon as possible. Driving licences can be renewed online, by post, or in person at most Post Offices.

“Due to last year’s national lockdown, motorists with driving licences which expired between February and December received an automatic 11-month extension to renew their licence. However, over 450,000 motorists whose driving licence expired between September 2020 and August 2021 need to be sure they’ve definitely renewed, as they run the risk of facing a serious fine. We’re urging all drivers to check their licence and renew quickly if they need to.”