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Lucy Farrell & Kate Lally

DVLA issues £1,000 warning to drivers who passed test before 2014

Drivers who have had a photocard licence for 10 years must renew it in time or face harsh penalties, the DVLA has warned.

Licences are valid for a decade after being issued, and anyone who continues to drive once their has expired is committing a serious offence, as your insurance will no longer be valid. This can result in £1,000 fines, or even a seized vehicle.

Once your licence expires, all you need to do is renew it, and there are several ways to do so, the Daily Record reports.

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On Wednesday, the DVLA issued a fresh reminder to make sure drivers don't forget to complete the vital process which applies to both full and provisional licence holders. A tweet from their official account said: "You must renew your driving licence every 10 years.

"Renew online today - it's easy, quick and secure at: Your licence should arrive within a week if you apply online."

According to the Government department's official website, there are different ways to apply for a licence if you are over 70, a bus or lorry driver or need to renew a short term medical licence. Those needing to renew their licence should do so in good time before it expires.

The good news is you can still drive while waiting for your new one to arrive if it becomes invalid while your application is being processed. For those looking to renew a licence after ten years, it can be done at a post office, by post or online.

A previous version of this story did not make clear that this only applies to photocard licences.

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