The DVLA has updated its processing times for driving licence and log book applications amid a high volume of enquiries.
Drivers have been reminded they may still be able to drive while their application is being processed because of long wait times.
The agency has further stated its online services are working normally and has no delay which means if you did your application online then it will already be in the application process. DVLA chiefs have encouraged everyone able to apply online to do so.
Those making a paper application face longer wait times since the impact of Covid safety measures has caused ongoing delays.
Delays may also be more severe for complex applications such as those needing a medical investigation as part of the licence.
Updated processing dates for paper applications
The following dates apply to what the DVLA claims it is currently working on for different types of paper applications:
Renew a driving licence with a new photo – 13 October 2021
Apply for a first provisional driving licence with UK identity -25 October 2021
Renew a driving licence if you’re 70 or over or after disqualification or revocation – 13 October 2021
Apply for a first vocational driving licence – 22 December 2021
Renew a vocational driving licence – 17 December 2021
Apply for a driving licence with a non-UK identity – 12 October 2021
Apply for or renew a tachograph card – 30 December 2021
Apply to change your name or address on your driving licence – 13 October 2021
Tell DVLA about the sale of a vehicle -17 December 2021
Vehicle registration certificate (V5C) changes – 15 December 2021
Apply for a replacement V5C log book – 7 December 2021
Register a vehicle for the first time (including previously used and imports) – 17 December 2021
Retain or assign a vehicle registration number – 17 December 2021
Anyone who doesn’t receive their documents within six weeks of an application is asked to contact the DVLA