Vehicle Inspection Licence Applications

The DVLA has issued an important update on wait times for people trying to get their new driving licence.

The government agenc y regularly sends out updates to drivers about processing times regarding licence renewals and new licences being sent out,

Due to coronavirus, there have been large backlogs of licence renewals especially regarding paper applications.

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The agency has urged people to use its online service to ensure that your applications is not delayed but does warn it can take around 6 to 10 weeks to complete.

Here are the full updated dates for paper licence applications in case you're still waiting on them.

Below shows the dates of the applications that were received by the DVLA and what it is working on:

  • Renew a driving licence with a new photo - 26 October 2021
  • Apply for a first provisional driving licence with UK identity - 28 October 2021

  • Renew a driving licence if you’re 70 or over or after disqualification or revocation - 26 October 2021

  • Apply for a first vocational driving licence - 13 January 2022

  • Renew a vocational driving licence - 12 January 2022

  • Apply for a driving licence with a non-UK identity - 26 October 2021

  • Apply for or renew a tachograph card - 12 January 2022

  • Apply to change your name or address on your driving licence - 27 October 2021

  • Tell DVLA about the sale of a vehicle -10 January 2022

  • Vehicle registration certificate (V5C) changes - 31 December 2021

  • Apply for a replacement V5C logbook - 21 December 2021

  • Register a vehicle for the first time (including previously used and imports) - 6 January 2022

  • Retain or assign a vehicle registration number - 7 January 2022

It comes as the DVSA announced changes to driving test and theory tests. Prices are set to increase this year after a consultation.

The consultation, which asked a wide variety of people including members of the public and driving instructors, was overwhelmingly positive with most people agreeing with the proposed increase, the DVSA said.

It claimed 68 per cent of respondents said that the proposed increases were fair and ministers have agreed to increase most of DVSA’s statutory fees.

But the fees won't increase just yet until later in 2022.

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