Photocard Driving Licence Renewal FAQs

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions

What is a photocard driving licence?

It’s the standard UK driving licence – a pink card with the photo of the driver on the front. 
These were first issued in 1998 – and they’re the only type of driving licence the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency currently issues.
You may have an old style paper licence – that’s a different type of licence which is still valid. You can apply to change this type of licence for a photocard driving licence.

Why would I need to renew my photocard driving licence?

It’s a legal requirement to renew your card every ten years, and there are quite a few reasons to make sure you have a valid licence:

  • It’s illegal to drive without a valid licence
  • You can be fined up to £1,000 if you’re stopped by police 
  • You may face difficulties with  car insurance if you are driving with an expired licence
  • You may be breaking local laws when driving abroad
  • Car hire firms may deem your licence to be invalid

It’s important that licences are updated every 10 years – having an up to date licence will mean you have the latest security features to protect you against fraud.

This will also help prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and dangerous drivers taking to our roads.


When do I need to renew my photocard driving licence?

At least every 10 years up to the age of 70. Your licence will expire 10 years after it was last renewed.

How do I know if my photocard driving licence has expired?

On your card there is an expiry date – each section of your card is numbered, with 1-3 being your name and date of birth.

You need to look at 4b – this is the valid to date of your card.

What if I have an old style paper driving licence?

Unless you have reached the age of 70, or your details have changed since your licence was issued, you don’t need to renew your paper driving licence.

You can still upgrade your paper licence at any time by applying to exchange it for a photocard.

How can I renew my photocard driving licence?

  • You should receive a D798 renewal notification through the post two months before your licence expires.
  • Take this form to one of over 750 Post Office branches and renew your licence there or go online at DVLA.
  • For just £4.50, selected Post Office branches can take your photo to DVLA standards, check through your application, and send it securely to DVLA.
  • If your name or title has changed then you will need to apply direct to DVLA online or via the D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ form by post.

What if I don’t have my D798 Renewal Reminder?

If your personal details haven’t changed, you can still use the Post Office service by taking your photocard and your counterpart driving licence to the selected branch. If your details have changed or you are unable to provide both parts of the licence you will need to apply directly to DVLA.