DVLA Licence Photo – Over 70? No change required

Having spoken with the DVLA today, there is a 90-day renewal window before the 4b date stated on the photo licence card. If the photo licence was last renewed or created before ones 70th birthday then the photo need not be renewed at the next renewal date unless one wishes to change the photo. There is no charge for renewing a license up to and after age 70.

But what is the legal position surrounding driving licence photo renewals?

In a 2013 Fleet News blog article by Michael Pace, partner and head of motor law and PI team at Andrew & Co LLP, appears to say that the lack of an updated driving license photo does not invalidate the license itself.

Much confusion here by Police, Insurers and DVLA so are Michael's views still sound or have things moved on since 2013.


  • WattNext
    WattNext Posts: 145
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    Oops! Should read: If the photo licence was last renewed or created on or after ones 70th birthday...
  • Car_54
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    Nothing has changed since 2013, or indeed since (at least) the 1988 Road Traffic Act.

    Your entitlement to drive lasts until your 70th birthday, unless revoked or disqualified, regardless of photocard validity.  After that, as determined by DVLA.
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