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DVLA update on current processing times for driving licenses and logbooks

The DVLA has released another update on how long to wait for new driver’s licenses and paper logbooks. They are still experiencing some delays with paper applications following the impact of Covid.

The DVLA’s government website says: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and our staff are working hard to reduce waiting times. There may be further delays in dealing with more complex cases, for example example, if medical investigations are required as part of your driver’s license application.”

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If you applied for your new license online, your application will already be in the application process as there are no delays with online transactions. In fact, the DVLA encourages the use of online services to minimize delays with applications.

By using this service, you can expect your driver’s license to be issued within five days.

Updated processing dates for paper applications

The information below refers to the dates the DVLA claims to be currently working on for different types of paper applications:

  • Renew a driver’s license with a new photo – April 6, 2022
  • Apply for a first provisional driving license with UK identity – 5 April 2022
  • Renewing a driver’s license if you are 70 or older or after disqualification or revocation – April 25, 2022
  • Apply for a first professional driving license – April 27, 2022
  • Renew a professional driving license – April 27, 2022
  • Apply for a driving license with a non-UK identity – 5 April 2022
  • Request or renew a tachograph card – 26 April 2022
  • Request to change name or address on your driver’s license – April 12, 2022
  • Notify DVLA of vehicle sale – April 26, 2022
  • Changes to the Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) – April 25, 2022*
  • Request a replacement V5C logbook – April 20, 2022*
  • Registering a vehicle for the first time (including used and imported vehicles) – April 14, 2022
  • Keeping or assigning a vehicle registration number – April 25, 2022

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