DVLA driving licence application – Motorists are missing out by forgetting this one thing

DVLA experts have reminded motorists on social media how they can make massive savings by applying for their driving licence online rather than by post. Motorists can save £9 by doing the application online with the DVLA promising these applications will be processed faster than the postal forms in a double win for motorists. 

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Online applications cost £34 and the DVLA website says this will take a week to be delivered. 

Traditional postal applications cost £43 and it could take up to three weeks for a driving licence card to arrive. 

On a social media post, the DVLA said: “Applying for your first provisional driving licence? Do it online.”

The post came with a link to the page where motorists can send off an official application to the DVLA in seconds. 

Those who wish to apply for a DVLA driving licence must provide an identity document, previous addresses and a National Insurance number. 

Online applications are now responsible for almost four out of five provisional driving licence applications. 

The figures have seen a massive 10 percent increase over the past three years in a massive win for cash-strapped road users. 

However, DVLA officials have said over one million motorists are missing out on the incredible savings deal. 

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DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said: “Each year, more and more people are choosing to use our online services and it is always cheaper and quicker to renew your driving licence on GOV.UK.

“It’s also the quickest way for those who have lost or misplaced their licence to apply for a replacement.”

Road users are also urged to make sure they are purchasing a driving licence from the official DVLA website and not through a third-party agency. 

Fake DVLA websites have appeared online and charge for free services in a desperate bid to catch out motorists. 

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The sites charge up to £72 for free Government services and even set prices to change an address despite the DVLA offering this for free. 

It costs up to £49 on some sites to change a photo even though the DVLA can do this for just £14. 

However, the sites can operate legally because they each provide a link back to the original and accurate DVLA site. 

The discovery of the legality of the site was made clear through a Freedom of Information Act request which revealed the third-party sites could not be stopped. 

Replying to the FOI request, a DVLA spokesperson said: “In answer to your questions both websites you refer to are operating within the Ofcom regulations and thereby operating within the law.

“They are third-party services sites but provide a disclaimer on their sites and a link to the services that the DVLA provide.

“There was a time when these type of sites operated without anyone able to do anything but now there are regulations in place.”

It means the sites must state online they are not affiliated with the DVLA and offer a link back to the official platform. 

The websites all feature a breakdown of costs on their homepage explaining the services can be accessed for free elsewhere. 

However, the sites claim to offer a better service for customers which warrants the added charges. 

They say customers will receive extra features such as weekend and evening support, mobile-friendly features and promises the applications will be checked personally by members of their team. 

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