Drivers spent extra £2.3million on mandatory licence updates – how to save

The Driver and Vehicle’s Standards Agency revealed that between April 2020 and March 2021, around 23 percent of the two million driving licence renewal applications it received were sent in either by post or via the post office. This is despite the DVLA’s online service being quicker and cheaper.

Drivers can also use their online services if they need to change their address or make any other alterations to their details.

The DVLA usually receives around 60,000 items of mail per day, meaning that at any one time, there could be around 400,000 items on site.

Because of this, as well as the financial benefits, it is advising drivers to renew online.

The DVLA also warns drivers about the potential for third party websites purporting to be the Government agency.

As a result of the national lockdown last year, motorists with driving licences which expired between February and December received an automatic 11-month extension.

Over 450,000 motorists whose driving licence expired between September 2020 and August 2021 need to be sure they’ve definitely renewed.

Drivers could run the risk of facing a serious fine and penalty points if they are caught without a licence.

Those who drive without a licence could see a fine of £1,000 and between three and six penalty points, as well as the potential for a driving ban.

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