July 31 2014 Latest news:

The driving licence photographs of more than 1.5 million motorists have expired, with those drivers risking being hit by fines of up to £1,000.

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As well as those already out of date, nearly three million more photo IDs need to be renewed by the end of this year.

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA.

Motorists are required to update their photo cards every 10 years, whether or not they are active drivers. There is no impact on your car insurance for having an out-of-date card (as long as you have not been disqualified or told not to drive by the DVLA), but the police can enforce it and you can be stung by a large fine.

Sainsbury’s Finance, which made the Freedom of Information request, said fewer than 30pc of those drivers with expired photo cards were aware they had past their renewal dates, while a further 10 million people were unaware of their expiry dates.

“The photo card driving licence was introduced in 1998 so it’s unsurprising that those issued with licences around that time may not remember that they need to update their photographs,” said Ben Tyte, head of Sainsbury’s car insurance.

“We would therefore encourage all drivers to check when their photo cards were issued and ensure they arrange to update their photos when required to avoid risking a £1,000 fine.

“Drivers should also remember that their photo card licences serve as more than just driving licences. Should they intend to use them as identification for other things, such as hiring a car or going an internal flight, for example, having an out-of-date photograph could cause problems or delays.”

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