DVLA explains how to get driving licence quicker as application delays continue

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Drivers have been warned that processing dates for paper applications vary, with some being processed as of December 2021. The DVLA has been dealing with a number of issues when it comes to paper applications of driving licences, which has resulted in weeks-long delays.

Its website states: “As a result of ongoing Covid safety measures and the impact of previous industrial action by members of the Public and Commercial Services union, there are ongoing delays with processing paper applications.

“We’re 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 needed as part of your driving licence application.”

Drivers who used a paper application to renew a driving licence with a new photo will have to wait the longest as the DVLA are still processing applications from December 14.

Anyone applying for a driving licence with a non-UK identity will also face a wait of almost two and a half months, with paper applications being processed as of December 29.

Elderly drivers face an eight week delay if they are looking to renew a driving licence for over 70s or after disqualification or revocation.

It has previously apologised to customers who claim they have been waiting months for their licence.

Wait times for paper applications are mostly affected by the delays.

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The DVLA is urging drivers to renew online if they wish to get their applications faster.

The website states: “Our online services are working as normal and without delay.

“This is the quickest, easiest, and often cheapest way to deal with us.

“We recommend that you use our online services where possible. 

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