DVLA’s Modernization Plan: Old Driver’s Licenses Phased Out in Favor of Smart Cards

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has officially initiated a program aimed at phasing out all driver’s license cards issued prior to September 2017. In an announcement dated September 6, 2023, DVLA declared its intent to replace these outdated cards with advanced smart driver’s license cards.

This transition period is currently in effect and will continue until March 31, 2024. After this date, all previously issued PVC card driver’s licenses will no longer be valid, as directed by the Authority.

DVLA extends a warm invitation to all holders of the outdated PVC card driver’s licenses to promptly submit them to their nearest DVLA office for a comprehensive verification process and a seamless replacement with the new smart card driver’s license. Importantly, this transition comes at no extra cost to the license holders.

DVLA has issued a caution that individuals failing to replace their PVC card driver’s licenses within the stipulated timeframe will be required to reapply and complete all mandatory tests to obtain a new driver’s license.

For the convenience of the general public, here are the prerequisites for obtaining a replacement driver’s license:


1. Mandatory eye test at any DVLA accredited eye test center, with a successful pass.
2. Personal presentation of the old driver’s license at the nearest DVLA office for replacement.
3. Verify if your license is Part .


Additionally, DVLA takes this opportunity to remind all holders of smart card driver’s licenses to check the renewal dates on the back of their licenses and ensure timely renewal. Renewals can be completed up to one month before the expiration date.

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