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DVLA in warning to drivers over licence renewal deadline before end of 2021

Drivers who were given a temporary extension to their driving licence last year are being urged to renew before 2021 is out.

The DVLA gave an automatic extension to motorists whose licence was due to expire between February 1 and December last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now officials are warning that affected drivers must renew by November 2021 to ensure that they receive their new licence on time, Birmingham Live reports.

The alert comes as the agency deals with a huge backlog of physical applications.

DVLA staff are said to be currently working through paper applications that were submitted in August.

Drivers have been urged to submit their application online to avoid any unnecessary delay.

Earlier this year, it was reported that up to 1.4 million applications are affected by the backlog. Drivers who are applying for their first ever licence are said to be facing the longest delays.

It was claimed that the DVLA is receiving around 60,000 items of mail every day.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused but we are working as quickly as we can to deal with your application”, the driving body said in a statement.

A DVLA spokesperson added: “Our online services have not been impacted by the pandemic and continue to run as normal and without any delays.

“There are delays in processing paper applications due to ongoing industrial action and social distancing requirements, which means that we have had fewer staff than usual on site at any one time.

“Paper applications are taking on average, between six and ten weeks to process but there may be longer delays for more complex transactions such as those that require medical investigations.”

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