PEOPLE whose driving licence is up for renewal have been granted an extension to help them make necessary journeys during the pandemic.

Drivers with a photocard licence that is due to expire between February 1 and August 21 2020 will be granted a seven-month extension from the date of expiry.

Normally drivers are required to renew their photocard licence every ten years.

The extension will automatically apply and drivers will be sent a reminder to renew before their seven-month extension ends.

DVLA Chief Executive 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.

“If a driver’s entitlement to drive is due to expire and they wish to continue to hold a valid licence, they will need to renew this entitlement in the normal way.”