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Driving: Licensing

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what reason plastic and paper combination driving licences were given an expiry date different to that of other forms of driving licences; (242652)

(2) what notification drivers are given when their plastic and paper combination driving licences are due to expire;

(3) what penalty will be applied to drivers who continue to drive without renewing their plastic and paper combination driving licence.

[holding answer 11 December 2008]: A photocard and paper counterpart driving licence is valid for 10 years from the date of issue. This is to ensure that the photographon the photocard remains a current likeness of the driver.

The photocard licence holder will be sent a renewal reminder two months in advance of the date of expiry.

Drivers who fail to renew their photocard licence are liable for prosecution resulting in a fine up to £1,000.