DVLA tells drivers to avoid expensive third-party services for license applications

Third-party websites charge a fee for submitting a driver request to DVLA. Photo: Getty Images

The UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has warned drivers to stay away from third-party websites that charge “high premiums” for licensing services.

The agency said that in the past year more than 800 Britons have said they needlessly lost money renewing their driving license at the age of 70 through a third-party website.

Some services charge up to £ 81 ($ 108) to renew a license over 70, while doing so on the official government site is free. When drivers in the UK reach their 70th birthday, they must renew their driving license every three years.

DVLA CEO Julie Lennard said, “Drivers who want to renew their license at age 70 and over should use our online service which is secure, free, and also the fastest and easiest way to deal with it. DVLA. Customers usually get their driver’s license in just five days. “

Many third-party websites appear at the top of Google search results when searching for DVLA, causing dozens of drivers using them to think they are dealing with DVLA.

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Third party websites charge a fee to submit a driver request to DVLA, but these sites are not affiliated with DVLA and requests made through third party websites are not processed any faster than those made through the Gov.uk website. .

Brits have to pay £ 34 to get their provisional license if they apply online and £ 43 if they do so by post.

After that, they are free to get their full license, unless they want their photo to be different from that of their provisional license. It costs £ 17.

In July, MPs questioned DVLA officials about “significant delays” in processing driver’s license applications.

The Commons transportation committee said its session followed concerns from motorists, trainee drivers and truck drivers over long delays in receiving documents.

The DVLA also said digital provisional driving licenses will be introduced as part of post-Brexit changes to make transport “fairer, greener and more efficient”.

The agency said it aims to develop an app showcasing the licenses, required by those learning to drive, by 2024.

It has been reported that if the deployment turns out to be successful, full driver’s licenses may follow suit.

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