Renewing digital tachograph cards

You need to remember that digital tachograph cards expire five years after issue. If you were one of the early adopters of digital tachograph cards, you should ensure both your driver and company cards are renewed in time.

How the cards are issued

The cards are issued by DVLA, who send reminders out approximately 12 weeks before a card expires.

The renewal forms (D786B for driver cards and D787B for company cards) are sent by DVLA in the reminder notices and are also obtainable from DVLA on 0300 790 6109 or from DVLA local offices or test stations.

The form and the renewal fee of £19.00 must reach DVLA at least 15 days before the expiry date of the current card.

What you need to do

Drivers must not send their old card back to DVLA with the forms, as they will need to keep using this card up to the expiry date and then carry it with them for 28 days.

Most cards will stop recording after midnight on the expiry date; if the shift spans this time the card will record data to the end of the shift. If the driver does not receive their new card before the old one expires they cannot drive a vehicle that is subject to EU drivers’ hours regulations.

Problems with cards issued before 26 August 2006

DVLA is aware of an issue with driver and company cards issued before 26 August 2006. These cards will stop recording activity or locking/unlocking and downloading data up to 24 hours before the expiry date.

However, any cards replaced or exchanged since 26 August 2006 will not be affected. The affected cards will show as invalid for this day and will be treated as malfunctioning. There is no need to notify DVLA or return the card on this occasion.

Cardholders can continue to drive on this day but must keep records using the printout facility on the Vehicle Unit (VU).

Driver CPC record and planner

View our lgv driver CPC record and planner for keeping track of renewal dates for driver cards, driving licences and driver CPC training.

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