DVLA issues vital update for motorists waiting for their driving licence

The DVLA has issued an update to drivers waiting for their driver’s license as it continues to work through the backlog.

The government agency said paper applications could take months to process, with current applications being processed since October.

However, the DVLA has told people to use their online service for license renewals whenever possible as there are no delays online.

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The delays in paper applications are due to the government agency putting in place coronavirus procedures to protect employees.

The following dates apply to what the DVLA is currently working out for different types of paper applications:

  • Renew your driver’s license with a new photo – October 13, 2021
  • Apply for a First UK Identity Provisional Driver’s License – October 25, 2021
  • Renew your driving license when you are 70 or older or after disqualification or revocation – October 13, 2021
  • Apply for your first professional driver’s license by December 22nd, 2021
  • Renew your professional driving license – December 17th, 2021
  • Apply for a driver’s license with a non-UK identity – October 12, 2021
  • Apply for or renew a tachograph card by December 30, 2021
  • Request to have your name or address changed on your driver’s license by October 13, 2021
  • Inform the DVLA about the sale of a vehicle – December 17th, 2021

  • Vehicle Registration Certificate Changes (V5C) – December 15, 2021

  • Apply for a replacement V5C log by December 7, 2021

  • Initial registration of a vehicle (including used cars and imports) – December 17, 2021

  • Maintain or assign vehicle registration numbers – December 17, 2021

The DVLA has advised people to contact the agency if they have not heard of their application for six weeks.

The DVLA announced on its website: “Our online services are working as usual and without delay. This is the fastest, easiest and often cheapest way to deal with us.

“We recommend that you use our online services whenever possible. If you apply online, you should receive your driver’s license or vehicle registration document (V5C) within 5 days. “

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