If you have been through the process of applying for your provisional driving licence, you will no doubt be aware that you can easily do this online through the DVLA. Of course, you can make use of the postal system which is obviously a lot slower, but some people don’t have regular access to the internet.
Once you’ve passed both your theory and practical driving exams, you will receive a pass certificate. This is a VERY important piece of paper, and if it gets lost you can end up having to deal with a whole lot of red tape which is something a new driver really could do without.
What to Do Next
If you have been using a driving instructor, the best thing to do is pass the paperwork on to them. They will then deal with the application that’s required so you can swap your provisional for a full licence. This makes life much easier for you because your instructor will have done this many times over, and should be able to complete what’s needed within minutes.
If you don’t have an instructor to fall back on, your next step is to send all the relevant paperwork to the DVLA in Swansea by post. Everything you need can be found on their website. If you don’t have access to the internet, pay a visit to your local post office. The staff there will be happy to let you know which form needs completing (which, by the way is called a D1). If you’re lucky you will also find someone who will be more than happy to help you complete what’s needed and make sure it’s safely posted.
Usually, you will receive your licence in the post within 4 weeks of sending it off and you’ll at last be free to make use of your own vehicle (which you’re licensed to drive) without any worries about having the right paperwork. However, there are pitfalls which you should look out for if you intend to make use of the internet when swapping your provisional for a full driving licence.
There are Sharks on the Market!
Just recently the DVLA announced a warning on their website detailing information about companies that offer to do a “check and send” for you, and they’re very convincing! When you enter the phrase “apply for a driving licence” into your search engine (or something similar), watch out for websites that may appear as paid or sponsored links.
You should be aware that these are NOTHING to do with the DVLA, and all you will ever receive from companies like this is an application form that has been completed for you. This is something that can be done in minutes, and you may end up paying as much as three times more for the privilege!
The standard fee from the DVLA for a driving licence is £50, nothing more, nothing less. So, if you’re asked to pay more avoid these services like the plague. The best thing to do is follow the advice given above and you’ll be fine.