DVLA shares exactly which driving licence applications are being reviewed – huge backlog

Martin Lewis says 2.3 million UK driving licences are out of date

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The DVLA said they were currently still processing some driving licence renewals from 9 September in a blow to motorists. Elderly drivers asking for a renewal or those waiting for a new licence after being disqualified also have one of the longest waits.

The DVLA are now only looking at applications received from 10 September, almost two and a half months from when they were sent off.

Those applying for a driving licence with non-UK identity have also struggled with the DVLA now only looking at applications received from 24 September.

First-time drivers looking to get a provisional licence have also been left waiting with applications from 4 October now being looked at.

The DVLA has said any drivers who sent in applications after these dates should not contact them in panic.

It said: “We are processing paper applications in the order we receive them.

“If you sent your application after the dates shown above, please do not contact us as it has not been processed yet.”

The DVLA also confirmed there were “ongoing delays” with paper applications.

However, they also warned drivers may face some “additional delays” in some circumstances.

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It said: “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.”

However, the list reveals not all DVLA services have been affected by delays.

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