Driving Licence Renewal

Jan Leeming

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Date: 18th July 2014


Just a word of advice. I had to present both parts of my driving licence a few days ago and it was pointed out that the photo card was very out of date though the paper part doesn’t expire till next year. I was in a panic because not having your documentation current carries a fine of £1,000.

I girded my loins and went to the Post Office in Deal expecting all kinds of barriers, tutting and heaven knows what sort of bureaucracy. However I discovered that, because of a glitch in the system, many of us have not had renewal reminders though why both parts did not carry the same date is a mystery to me and to Jan who dealt with me so patiently. In fact I was able to do everything there and then - photo, renewal etc. I did have to pay the charge even though I’ve now reached the age where it should be free! I won’t hold my breath for a refund as many years ago I had my car off the road for many months and filled in the SORN notification etc. I never did get the refund on my licence and simply couldn’t be bothered to go through the hassle of trying to get through to an actual person in a government department - perhaps that is what they rely on.

Anyway, huge thanks to Jan at Payden’s in Deal and might I suggest that you all check as to whether your licences are up to date or not.

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