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DVLA releases update on driving license application and logbook wait times

Delays in processing driving license applications by post are ongoing and the DVLA has issued an update on processing times.

Those who apply for new driver’s licenses, or to renew their existing one, on paper and not online are subject to the deadlines. The DVLA is encouraging people to apply online instead, MEN reports.

“We are still experiencing delays with paper applications,” says the DVLA.

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“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and our staff are working hard to reduce waiting times. There may be additional delays in processing more complex cases, for example, if medical investigations are required in the as part of your driver’s license application.

There is no delay with the online application process, according to the DVLA, and it encourages drivers to apply for licenses online.



Drivers have experienced delays with the DVLA

The DVLA adds: “This is the quickest, easiest and often the cheapest way to do business with us. We recommend that you use our online services where possible. If you apply online, you should receive your driver’s license or vehicle registration certificate (V5C) within 5 days.

Below are the dates of the claims the DVLA says it is working on. If you sent in your paper application after these dates then “please do not contact us as it has not yet been processed”, says the DVLA.

  • Renew a driver’s license with a new photo – February 23, 2022
  • Apply for a first provisional driving license with UK ID – 1 March 2022
  • Renewing a driver’s license if you are 70 or older or after disqualification or revocation – March 28, 2022
  • Apply for a first professional driving license – March 30, 2022
  • Renew a professional driving license – March 30, 2022
  • Apply for a driving license with a non-UK identity – 23 February 2022
  • Request or renew a tachograph card – 30 March 2022
  • Request to change name or address on your driver’s license – February 28, 2022
  • Notify DVLA of vehicle sale – April 4, 2022
  • Changes to Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) – 29 March 2022 (You must contact the DVLA within 6 weeks if you do not receive your vehicle document)
  • Apply for a replacement V5C logbook – 16 March 2022 (You must contact the DVLA within 6 weeks if you do not receive your vehicle document)
  • Registering a vehicle for the first time (including used and imported vehicles – March 21, 2022
  • Keeping or assigning a vehicle registration number – March 25, 2022

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