DVLA warns Brits of 10-week delays for driving licence renewals due to backlog

Motorists who apply for or renew their driving licence are facing lengthy delays to get their paperwork back.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has apologised for any disruption it may have caused Brits.

Delays are being caused by coronavirus social distancing measures at the head office in Swansea, the agency claimed.

In an update on the DVLA website, it said motoring applications sent by post are taking 6 to 10 weeks to process.

It is currently checking documents submitted on August 16 for those looking to renew a driving licence with a new photo.

As for first-time drivers applying for a new provisional licence, documents back to September 2 are currently being checked.

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The DVLA said on its website that it's receiving around 60,000 items in the mail every day.

It said: "We're sorry for any inconvenience caused but we are working as quickly as we can to deal with your application."

The agency added there are no delays for those looking to renew their licence online and is urging customers to use this service.

Most motorists who are waiting for their applications to be processed are still allowed to drive.

But it's worth noting that in certain situations you can't, like if the DVLA hasn't received your application within the last 12 months.

The DVLA has reported up to 1.4 million applications are impacted by the backlog.

A spokespersons said: "Our online services have not been impacted by the pandemic and continue to run without any delays.

"There are delays in processing paper applications due to ongoing industrial action and social distancing requirements.

"Paper applications are taking between 6 and 10 weeks to process but there may be longer delays for more complex transactions."

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It comes after DVLA is set to bring in changes to driving licences and MOT test certificates.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps claims the government is looking to get rid of physical licences in favour of an online one.

Posting on Twitter earlier this month, the secretary announced plans to "move provisional cards online".

He also said it will "bring MOTs into the modern age".

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