You're on your way to saving money!

Failure to renew licence photo could result in £1k fine

Failure to renew licence photo could result in £1k fine

Drivers who fail to update the photograph on their drivers licence could be hit with a maximum fine of £1,000 as photos on the new style licences must be renewed every 10 years by law, however a study by a car insurance provider has found there is widespread uncertainty amongst drivers with regard to this condition. Sainsbury’s Car Insurance discovered the high penalty for not having an updated photograph on a UK driving licence following a request made through the Freedom of Information Act. It’s reported that 1.6 million drivers could be at risk of receiving the fine at this time, while by the end of 2012, a further 2.9 million licences will be in need of renewal in order to fully abide by the licensing laws. The DVLA charge £20 to have the photograph updated on each drivers licence however Sainsbury’s Car Insurance found that as many as 41% of UK drivers are now aware of the repercussions of not having an updated image on their licence after 10 years which means that millions of drivers could be putting themselves at risk of receiving the hefty fine. Those with the old style paper drivers licences will be unaffected by the law, only those with the photograph licences which came into being in 1998 will need to ensure their photographs are updated every 10 years in order to avoid the £1,000 which can be enforced by the police under Section 99 of the Road Traffic act 1988.

Our services


We can help guide you through the often confusing world of car insurance and find the policy that’s right for you.


Being a Taxi driver is a fantastic occupation, although it’s one that comes with its own challenges and hazards too.


Van owners out there, we would like to welcome you to HIGHGEAR Insurance, the UK’s first choice for van cover.


A chauffeur is an important and rewarding job where you get to meet interesting people AND drive some fantastic cars.


Transport is a vital part of wedding day nuptials and can serve so much more than simply the opportunity to travel.


No trade is left out of our prices for coverage, understanding the necessity to reduce business rates to increase profit.