Here’s How To Fast-Track Your Driving Licence

Thu 10th Mar 2022

With millions of young drivers keen to get their life on the road underway, staff absences and the continued impact of Covid are making life hard for the DVLA when it comes to processing driving licence applications.

The problem has become so bad that latest figures suggest that there may be 250,000 driver waiting more than two and a half months to receive their driving documents.

With the delays likely to continue through most of 2022, the DVLA have posted some advice for impatient drivers on their website.

A statement said: “As a result of Covid and the impact of previous industrial action, there are ongoing delays processing paper applications.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and our staff are working hard to reduce waiting times.

“There may be additional delays in processing more complex cases, for example, if medical investigations are needed as part of your driving licence application.

“Our online services are working as normal and without delay.

“This is the quickest, easiest, and often cheapest way to deal with us.

“We recommend that you use our online services where possible."

Those who face the longest wait are elderly drivers renewing their licence, who face an eight week delay, or those motorists who were previously disqualified. Paper applications also face a significant delay, with the DVLA admitting that some are still being processed from December 29.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, there are almost a million (929,944)  applications on hold.

 "We are prioritising returning ID papers. Online services are working as normal,” the DVLA advice continued.

"We encourage people to use these where possible. We have recruited more staff, increased overtime and opened new customer service centres."