The DVLA has revealed the latest average wait times for motorists to receive new logbooks or driving licenses.
The pandemic and industry action have resulted in significantly longer wait times for DVLA documents if you used a paper application form.
There is no delay with online applications.
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Although wait times are likely to be long, there are certain circumstances in which you can still drive while your application is being processed, MEN reports.
Delays may also be greater for complex requests such as those requiring a medical investigation as part of the license.
Updated processing dates for paper applications
The following dates apply to what the DVLA claims to be currently working on for different types of paper applications:
- Renew a driver’s license with a new photo – October 26, 2021
Apply for a first provisional driving license with UK identity – 28 October 2021
Renewing a driver’s license if you are 70 or older or after disqualification or revocation – October 26, 2021
Apply for a first professional driving license – January 13, 2022
Renewing a professional driving license – January 12, 2022
Apply for a driving license with a non-UK identity – 26 October 2021
Request or renew a tachograph card – 12 January 2022
Request to change name or address on your driver’s license – October 27, 2021
Notify DVLA of vehicle sale -January 10, 2022
Changes to the Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) – December 31, 2021
Request a replacement V5C logbook – December 21, 2021
Registering a vehicle for the first time (including used and imported vehicles) – January 6, 2022
Keeping or assigning a vehicle registration number – January 7, 2022
It is important to note that if you do not receive your vehicle documents within six weeks of making a request, you will need to contact the DVLA.
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