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British expatriates could fall foul of driving licence laws

Thousands of British expatriates living and driving overseas could be at risk of seeing their car insurance invalidated as the deadline for renewing their photocard driving licences passes them by.

Under the existing legislation, UK drivers are required to update their details and photo with the Driving and Vehicles Licensing Agency (DVLA) every ten years, with fines of up to £1,000 likely to be levied on those caught without an up-to-date photocard.

However, according to the AA, the DVLA has failed to make this point clear, with a significant majority of drivers assumimg that their licences are valid until the age of 70, the Times has reported.

"Even if the reminder is sent to the right address, drivers may think it is a piece of junk mail because they assume their licence is valid until they are 70," David King, president of the motoring group said.

Alongside the heavy fines, insurers have warned that they may not pay out on claims if they are made by drivers with invalid licences.

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