August 16, 2023

Elderly Motorists Fine Warning

The DVSA have issued warnings to elderly drivers as millions risk a fine, They have urged those above the age of 70 to update their Driving License, or risk facing a penalty.

They have urged drivers to check their Driving Licence expiry date and have suggested that visiting their website to update details is the quickest and easiest route to do so. Those above the age of 70 must renew their licence every three years compared to every 10 years for younger drivers.

Anyone turning 70 may be unaware of the new rules and find themself being landed a fine by the changes. Road users who don’t renew with officials could be hit with fines of up to £1,000 in a major blow.

There are around 10 million drivers aged over 70 on UK roads who could be at risk of breaking the rules. If you have any elderly relatives, friends or neighbors who this change might affect you could help them out by making them aware of it and offering help and support in updating their license.

The DVLA issued a regular reminder on Twitter last night.

They posted: “Renewing your licence at 70 is easy to do online, plus it’s quick and secure.”

The DVLA’s warning contained a link straight to their website where road users can complete a renewal online.Motorists should use the service if their licence has expired or is set to expire in 90 days.

Those over 70 can drive following the meet the following criteria :

  • Have full support of their doctor
  • Their last licence wasn’t revoked or refused for medical conditions


However, some DVLA services cannot be used online with some drivers forced to use a postal service.

Motorists looking to renew a C1 (medium-sized vehicles) or D1 (minibus) entitlement must do this through a paper application.

According to AgeUK, those without access to an internet connection can still send in physical evidence for their driving licence renewal.

If you have a photocard licence, drivers need to fill in a D46P form and return it to the DVLA with your current photocard.

Motorists may also need to include a passport-style photograph if they intend to change their picture.