Due to Covid-19 and a significant volume of inquiries, the DVLA has modified its processing times for paper driving licences and logbooks.
While wait times are likely to be long, you may be able to drive while your application is being processed in some cases. Because there are no delays with online transactions, if you applied for your new licence online, your application will already be in the process. In fact, the DVLA encourages the use of online services to reduce application delays.
However, if you submit a paper application, wait times may be higher due to the impact of Covid safety precautions and continuing industrial action.
Complex applications, such as those requiring a medical examination as part of the licensing process, may experience longer delays.
The dates listed below correspond to what the DVLA claims to be working on for various sorts of paper applications:
It's vital to know that you must contact the DVLA if you don't obtain your car documentation within six weeks of submitting an application.