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DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« on: Monday 20 July 20 08:40 BST (UK) »
Is it true that there are major delays in the issuing of driving licences by DVLA. I've picked up a headline from the Mail  in a  newspaper review. I'm always  sceptical about their reporting  :-X
Husband's is due for renewal next month. Mine's due in February.
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Re: DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« Reply #1 on: Monday 20 July 20 08:50 BST (UK) »
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« Reply #2 on: Monday 20 July 20 09:01 BST (UK) »
Thanks BB. Another of the Mail's little stories then.
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Re: DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« Reply #3 on: Monday 20 July 20 10:02 BST (UK) »
  I got mine back within a very few days. It was my first post 70 renewal, and I nearly missed it. I would have expected some sort of reminder?
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Re: DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« Reply #4 on: Monday 20 July 20 10:40 BST (UK) »
Thank you for posting this, I have only just realised mine is due renewal next month.

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Re: DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« Reply #5 on: Monday 20 July 20 11:27 BST (UK) »
This, from DVLA website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/dvla-coronavirus-covid-19-update

The webpage says no online delays, but says this:-

"If you have sent in a paper application you do not need to contact us, but you will have to wait longer for a reply. There will be delays dealing with paper applications that are sent to our office in Swansea, and therefore need to be dealt with in person. This is because we have a reduced number of staff in our building to comply with social distancing requirements and to ensure staff safety. Thank you for your patience during this time."
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I've been waiting almost 5 months for a record held by another Government Department database.

Unfortunately, it is not something already sent out.

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Re: DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« Reply #6 on: Monday 20 July 20 12:09 BST (UK) »
  I got mine back within a very few days. It was my first post 70 renewal, and I nearly missed it. I would have expected some sort of reminder?

They do when you are approaching 70 " The DVLA will send you a D46P application form 90 days before your 70th birthday."  It isn't clear after that, perhaps that is one of the tests to see if you are still fit to drive! Mind you I think a lot of people under 70 don't realise that if you have a photocard licence it needs to be renewed every 10 years.
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Re: DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« Reply #7 on: Monday 20 July 20 13:15 BST (UK) »
As someone who has gone through both the 70 and 73 barriers ( ;D) ~

I had a letter before my 70th birthday asking me to apply and a letter before the licence expired at 73.  I assume that I will have a letter early next year for the next one, otherwise I'll just complete the online form as before  :)

Add - I'm sure that they tell you that once you've applied online you are OK unless you have a medical prob.
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Re: DVLA driving licence renewals for oldies
« Reply #8 on: Monday 20 July 20 13:35 BST (UK) »
OH has just turned 73 and did not get a reminder so don't bank on getting one.
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