Driving licences and entitlements extended by 11 months

Published 01 September 2020

If your driving licence or entitlement to drive is due for renewal in 2020, it will be automatically renewed for 11 months following an announcement from the DVLA today (1 September).

In June, the DVLA granted a seven-month extension for driving licences as it struggled to process renewal applications amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. It was updated to include entitlements to drive in July, which means that drivers renewing a licence when they turn 70 were also included.

Today, the DVLA announced that drivers whose photocard licence or entitlement to drive expires between 1 February and 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry under temporary changes. So, for example, if your licence expires on 1 September 2020, it won't need renewed until 1 August 2021.

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The initial extension expired at the end of August and this has now been further extended to the end of the year. Drivers do not therefore need to apply to renew their licence until they receive a reminder before their extension expires.

DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said: "Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the associated costs with renewing their licences.

If you have already applied to renew your photocard or entitlement, you can continue to drive while the DVLA processes your application - providing you have not been told by your doctor or optician that you should not drive.


conman    on 1 September 2020

DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said: "Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people.
I've been waiting since July 14th for mine but still no sign. Complete shambles. Everything is fine until you are stopped and asked to produce your licence. Sorry Officer I don't have one, Wonder what the response will be.

Falkirk Bairn    on 1 September 2020

Check on-line - the system may show a different date from your actual licence.

Driver Licence ID & your NI number is all you need!

otter valley    on 27 September 2020

This temporary extension is news to me!

I became 70 in May of this year 2020 and applied to DVLA for renewal. They sent me the forms and I went through all the business of getting it renewed. There was no word from them about any temporary extension.

Still, I suppose it is better to go through the whole thing and get it all regularised on their system.....


Peter Goldfinch    on 28 September 2020

The Government web site still states the expiry date of your licence, it does not include the 11 month extension. What do you do if you wish to hire a vehicle as I do?

   on 6 October 2020

I've been unable to find out the procedure for licence renewal from Jan 2021
My current licence expires mid Jan. 8 months before my 70th birthday!

The Gov / DVLA site has no information about renewals after Dec 31 2020

Has anyone got info on this?

Steve Payne

Trevor Osborne Noon    on 12 November 2020

My stepson passed the first part of his PSV Theory test on Dec 6th 2018, passed the other two parts in 2019 and was all set for his driving practical test on Nov 25th 2020
until lockdown prevented this. He is unable to get another test date until early 2021..... so does this mean he will have to resit the part of the theory test which will have expired due to the 2 year time limit or does he get an extension because of lockdown ?

Trevor Noon

Cherry Burton    on 4 December 2020

My licence ran out last August and when I applied for renewal was informed of the automatic extension of 11 months because of the virus. However I am driving in France and according to the above the Government website is not showing any extension - I am now worried that I should not be driving here? I am applying for a French licence but in the meantime????

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