Take care with Covid driving licence extensions, warns Licence Check
15 June 2020
Author: Illya Verpraet
As the automatic driving licence extensions introduced because of Covid-19 aren't automatically reflected in the DVLA's database, fleets should take care to maintain compliance, Licence Check warns.
It was announced that driving licences due to expire between 1 February and 31 August would be automatically extended by 7 months as people might find it difficult to get a new picture taken.
Drivers will be sent a renewal reminder before the seven-month period ends. However, the DVLA will only updated licences' expiry dates once the driver applies to renew their licence. This means the DVLA's online services won't show the extension.
Fleets will also need to have a system in place to check drivers' licences once the seven-month extension expires.
Licence Check general manager, Terry Hiles, commented: "We will take steps to ensure that customers of our cloud-based DAVIS system will be provided with the extended date for all driver records in the qualifying period. This will reflect the correct legally applicable date, but it does mean we will be out of step with the information held by the DVLA as its driver records will not have been changed.
"Our primary concern is to avoid false alerts and unnecessary checking for our customers, especially where customers have set the service to conduct additional checks upon expiration dates. We don't want to flag up urgent warnings to customers when there is no reason to do so.
"They will also need to check that their drivers have renewed their licences once the extension period has come to an end to make sure they are driving legally again. Licence checking systems like DAVIS will carry out these functions automatically."