Motorists collectively could have missed out on savings of nearly £5 million last year by not going online to apply for or renew their driving licence, new DVLA figures suggest.
Online applications now account for nearly four out of five provisional licence applications and around half of all driving licence renewals – an increase of around 10% over the last three years. A provisional licence costs £43 when applying by post, but only £34 online, with renewals costing £17 by post and £14 online.
However, some 1.2 million drivers missed out on the savings last year by posting their application to the DVLA.
“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,” DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said. “It’s also the quickest way for those who have lost or misplaced their licence to apply for a replacement."