Drivers can easily get caught out by forgetting to renew their license (Picture: Getty Images)
Thousands of Brits who passed their driving tests before 2015 could face a fine of £1,000 if they ignore a key rule.
Experts from Swansway Motor Group are warning drivers to remember to renew their driving licenses as they expire after 10 years.
This rule is in place to ensure licenses maintain a true likeness with the driver, including the photo.
Having an up-to-date driving license is a legal issue but it also has safety implications, according to the experts.
It helps to maintain accurate identification and compliance with road regulations.
A spokesperson from Swansway said: ‘Failing to return an expired license to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and can be punished with a fine of up to £1,000.’
UK drivers must renew their licenses every 10 years (Picture: Getty Images)
As well as a massive fine, forgetting to renew your license can even lead your vehicle being seized.
The price for getting a driving license renewed is usually £14 online, or they cost £17 if you do it by post.
You can also renew an expired license at the Post Office but it’s more expensive, costing £21.50, or it’s free if you’re over 70.
Those who passed their test before 2015 could face a fine if they haven’t renewed their driving license (Picture: Getty Images)
‘The cost of renewal is a small price to pay compared to the penalties,’ the experts added.
Drivers can renew their license quickly and easily by going to the DVLA website and filling in an application.
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The experts at Swansway continued: ‘As drivers, we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but to everyone else on the road.
‘Keeping your licence accurate and up to date is a part of that responsibility. It contributes to road safety and ensures that you’re driving legally.’
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