The DVLA has issued a warning to all drivers who may need to renew their driving license.
The agency has said that drivers only have until the end of the year to renew their licence if their expiration date ran out last year.
This means if your license expired between February 1 2020 and December 2020 you will will have until the end of this year to apply for a new one.
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Because of Covid restrictions, all licences which would have expired within those 11 months were given an automatic extension reports BirminghamLive.
But due to a heavy backlog off applications caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the DVLA has now said that drivers need to renew by November 2021 to ensure they get their licence on time.
The DVLA claims it is still working on paper applications submitted in August.
In August, it was reported that up to 1.4 million applications were affected by the backlog with first-time drivers applying for a new provisional licence facing the longest waits.
They have hence suggested the easiest and quickest way to renew your license is online as there are no delays.
The DVLA has said that it’s receiving around 60,000 items in the mail every day.
It continued: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused but we are working as quickly as we can to deal with your application.”
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A DVLA spokesperson said: “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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