Martin Lewis tells millions to check driving licences as motorists given extension to renew expiring cards

MARTIN Lewis is warning millions of drivers to check the expiry date on their licences or risk a hefty £1,000 fine.

The MoneySavingExpert reminded motorists that they have been given a seven month extension to renew their licence if it is due to expire soon.


Martin Lewis issued the warning on his ITV Money Show last night[/caption]

The extra time has been granted by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) because of new regulations introduced by the EU earlier this month for licences that have expired from February 1 2020 .

But the extension doesn’t apply to everyone – only those who’s photocards expire before August 31 2020.

If your photocard is due to run out from September 1 2020 on wards, then you won’t be covered by the seven month extension and you could be slapped with an on-the-spot fine if you’re caught driving with an invalid licence.

The consumer guru warned viewers of his ITV Money Show that 2.3million motorists are driving with photocards that have ran out.

Top 10 most common driving licence codes and what they mean

EVER turned your driving licence over and wondered what the random collection of numbers mean?

If not, you should because the codes could land you with a fine and penalty points if you don’t understand what they’re there for.

Here are the 10 most common codes and what they mean:

  • 01 – eyesight correction, for example glasses or contact lenses
  • 02 – hearing/communication aid
  • 40 – modified steering
  • 101 – not for hire or reward (that is, not to make a profit)
  • 105 – vehicle not more than 5.5 metres long
  • 106 – restricted to vehicles with automatic transmissions
  • 107 – not more than 8,250 kilograms
  • 111 – limited to 16 passenger seats
  • 115 – organ donor
  • 122 – valid on successful completion: Basic Moped Training Course 125 – tricycles only (for licences issued before 29 June 2014)

For a full list visit the DVLA website.

He said last night: “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.”

Normally, driving licences have to be renewed every decade or every five years if you’re a lorry driver.

The new rules granting some drivers an extension came into force on June 4 and is automatically applied to relevant licences so motorists don’t have to do anything to get it.

The DVLA says that motorists will be sent a reminder to renew their photocards when the seven month extension is coming to an end.

Chief executive at the DVLA Julie Lennard said: “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.”

You can renew or replace your licence via the DVLA website but you’ll need to pay a set fee to do it.

It costs £14 to apply for a renewal online or £17 by post, unless yo’ure over 70 and then it’s free.

Drivers can put MOTs on hold for six months from March 30 due to the coronavirus lockdown.

But motorists with an MOT due before this date still need to get it done if they’re not self-isolating.

Contact an MOT approved test centre to book your test – the maximum fee for a car is £54.85, while it’s £29.65 for a standard motorcycle.


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