Driving licence renewals take up to 10 weeks leaving road users confused over rules

Martin Lewis says 2.3 million UK driving licences are out of date

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Last month it was revealed the DVLA was struggling to keep up with their own backlog with around 60,000 letters arriving each day. Drivers have even warned the backlog is so severe, road users could wait between six and 10 weeks to get their application accepted.

However, this could be longer for complex cases such as drivers waiting on medical information to support their application.

The DVLA said drivers can continue to use their cars while their new forms are being processed.

However, drivers can only drive vehicles they have applied for on their current application of vehicles registered under previous applications.

Road users can only still continue to travel if the DVLA has received your complete application within the last two months.

Drivers must meet any conditions specified on their licence and cannot be disqualified from driving.

But the DVLA warns drivers should not travel unless they have received their new application.

Road users who have not applied for a new licence could be fined meaning motorists must check this regularly.

It is understood the backlog of paper applications is down to a range of small strikes over coronavirus safety measures in their Swansea offices.

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Later this month, the Transport Committee will tackle DVLA officials cover the full details of the issue.

To counter the issue, the DVLA has urged road users to use online services throughout the pandemic.

Speaking in the Commons last month, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said online was the quickest and easiest” way to renew a licence.

She said: “The DVLA’s online services have been available and unaffected throughout the pandemic and are the quickest and easiest way to renew a driving licence.

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