While you may not rapidly change your driving licence photo as much as you update your Instagram profile, there will be a time in which you will need to update your photo on your driving licence or face the prospect of a hefty fine. So, when should you update your driving licence photo, and what exactly will happen if you don’t?

When Should You Update Your Driving Licence Photo?

While many motorists driving in the UK believe that their photocard will last them until the ripe old age of 70, in reality a driving photocard actually has the much considerably shorter duration of 10 years, which means that you may have to update and renew your driving licence photo sooner than you actually realised.

When should I update my photo?

If your photo and driving licence is due to be renewed then you will receive a letter from the DVLA in reminding you that your expiry date is almost approaching.

You can also check the date in which your driving licence was issued by looking on the front of your photocard.

Instructions on how to update your photo and reapply for your driving licence can be found on the Official DVLA Government Website.

What happens if I do not update my photo?

If you do not update your photo after receiving your reminder from the DVLA that your photocard needs to be renewed then you will face the outcome of having to pay the fine of £1000.

Do I need to take a new photo once I update my driving licence?

Yes. One of the requirements in renewing your driving licence is that you must submit a brand-new photo of yourself taking within the last 30 days. Just like your previous driving licence photo, your new photo should be printed on high quality paper like the ones used in Max Spielmann photobooths that can be found in a wide range of shops and mails.

To find your nearest Max Spielmann photobooths you can check out the Max Spielmann Store Finder.

What Get Licensed Says

While 10 years might seem like a while a decade can actually come and go in the blink of an eye. And while having to retake your driving licence photo may seem like a bit of a nuisance, it surly beats the prospect of forking out on a hefty fine.