Did you pay too much?
According to figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), around 1.2 million drivers in the UK paid too much for their driving licence last year but why?
It seems that many motorists are still popping their applications in the post, however it’s cheaper to go online and apply for a provisional licence or renew an existing driving licence from the comfort of your own home.
As a result, motorists in the UK lost out on savings of almost £5 million by not using the online services, even though just one fifth of provisional licence applications were sent the traditional way.
At the same time, around 50% of renewals were sent via the online method.
To apply for a provisional licence by post will cost you £9 more than doing so online, £43 compared to £34, whereas a renewal will cost you £17 the traditional way but only £14 if done online.
“Each year, more and more people are choosing to use our online services and it is always cheaper and quicker to renew your driving licence on GOV.UK,” said DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard, adding: “It’s also the quickest way for those who have lost or misplaced their licence to apply for a replacement.”
When applying online for either a provisional driving licence or to renew your current driving licence, make sure you only use the GOV.UK website, as there are a number of third party websites that impersonate the official Government website and often charge additional fees for their services.
You must be at least 15 years & 9 months old and be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away if you wish to apply for a provisional driving licence.
To renew your driving licence online, you must have a valid UK passport and if you’re aged 70 or over, you can renew for free online.
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