Drivers miss out on over £2 million of savings by not renewing photocard licence online

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Drivers miss out on over £2 million of savings by not renewing photocard licence online
Drivers miss out on over £2 million of savings by not renewing photocard licence online

New figures released by DVLA show that drivers missed out on £2.3 million of savings by not renewing their photocard driving licence online.

Drivers missed out on £2.3 million of savings by not renewing their photocard driving licence using DVLA’s online service, according to new figures released by DVLA.

The agency has revealed that between April 2020 and March 2021, around 23 per cent of the 2 million renewal applications it received were sent in either by post or via the post office. This is despite the online service being quicker and cheaper.

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Going online is the cheapest way to renew a photocard driving licence. Renewing a photocard driving licence using GOV.UK costs £14 and the driver will receive their new licence in just 5 days.

Posting an application to DVLA costs £17 and will take longer.

Customers who apply online can also track the progress of their licence by visiting the track your driving licence application page on the GOV.UK website.


Drivers are legally required to renew their photocard driving licence every 10 years and will receive a reminder from DVLA before their current licence expires.

Julie Lennard, DVLA Chief Executive, said: “Our online services are the quickest and easiest way to deal with DVLA and customers usually receive their driving and vehicle documents in just 5 days. Remember to always use GOV.UK when using DVLA’s online services.”


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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.

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