Martin Lewis urges millions of Brits to check driving licences to avoid £1k fine

Martin Lewis urges millions of Brits to check driving licences to avoid £1k fine

Millions of Brits have been told to check their driving licences as a coronavirus extension on documents has come to an end.

Writing in his weekly Money Saving Expert newsletter, consumer expert Martin Lewis sent a warning to drivers across the country.

He warned drivers could be at risk of a £1,000 fine if they're stopped by the police when they are behind the wheel.

It comes after DVLA automatically extended licences that were up for renewal during the pandemic.

All licences that were due to expire between February 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, were given an 11 month extension.

But that extension began from the day the licence expired so those due for renewal last year will need to update their documents.

Motorists who have a driving licence that expired in May 2020 will need to have those renewed this month.

According to figures from the DVLA, around 2 million photocards are out of date.

It's important to sort it out immediately as if you're stopped by the police while driving, that's a £1,000 fine.

Martin reminded Brits to check their driving licences immediately to avoid the hefty charge.

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He said: "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 be fined immediately if your driving licence is not up to date under Section 99 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

This includes having an out of date photocard, address and correct name.

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It costs £14 to renew your photocard or £17 by post.

If you've recently changed your name or your address, you could also run the risk of a huge fine if you're stopped by the police.

Luckily these changes can be made for free online or by post.

All photocards must be renewed every 10 years and the deadline for this is on your licence.

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