Have You Missed Out On A Driving Licence Saving?

Wed 10th Nov 2021

British motorists have missed out on £2.3m of savings, and the organisation who have benefited financially are urging drivers to not miss the trick next time.

The DVLA have said that almost one in four driving licence renewal applications are still being made via the post or the post office, a slower, and ultimately more expensive route to securing your new photocard licence.

Of the two million renewal applications the DVLA received between April 2020 and March 2021, 23 per cent were sent the old school way, even though at £17 it costs £3 more than doing it online. The online licence renewal costs just £14 and the driver will receive their new licence in five days. Drivers who take the online route can also track the progress of their application online by visiting their own personal driving licence page.

“Our online services are the quickest and easiest way to deal with DVLA and customers usually receive their driving and vehicle documents in just 5 days,” said Julie Lennard, DVLA Chief Executive. “Remember to always use GOV.UK when using DVLA’s online services.”

In a week when the DVLA was criticised for not getting more of its employees back to working in the office, the advice could be seen as a plan to save time and resources at the organisation’s Swansea offices, where one third of workers are not back at their desk.

That shortage of staff is already impacting HGV licence applications, ahead of expected supply-chain issues over the Christmas period.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance have warned that the British taxpayer would not appreciate paying for empty desks, however the DVLA have claimed that even though 28.5 per cent of their staff are permanently working from home, it is not impacting any vocational driving licences.

“Staff in roles that enable them to work from home are doing so and have throughout the pandemic in accordance with Welsh government guidance,” a DVLA statement said.

“Operational staff, including those who process applications for vocational driving licences, are required to be in the office.”