Do Not Get Caught Out By Fake DVLA Sites Charging More For Driving Licences
Let the below tale be a salutary lesson to us all.
Have you received a genuine licence renewal letter from DVLA?
One of our Alert members got in touch to highlight a situation she found when renewing her photo driving licence.
The result was that instead of paying £14.00 to renew online or £21.50 to do this task at the Post Office our
member was charged £94.00 by using a website online that looked official and the route to applying for a new licence.
The only official place to find DVLA services and information online is on:
What to look out for:
These sites are quasi-legal. You see them for passports, ESTA visa applications, driving licences, DVLA.
What happens is they advertise on search engines and they are at the top. When you are doing a search, look
for ‘ad’ at the top then it's an advert. This doesn't mean it’s there because it's the right thing for you it
means they’ve paid to be there. These companies advertise on top of official search terms like ‘get a driving
licence’. Then they have a site that looks relatively legit but they actually tend not to claim to be the site.
They say we will process it for you for only this fee and then they charge you a fee on top for what you could
get for free or what you could get at a basic set price. Many of the third party sites are made to look like
official channels to trick drivers but do make clear services are more expensive. Some even put their more
expensive figure next to the true DVLA price to make drivers aware they will be charged more.
However, they claim the extra money goes on offering drivers a better service including weekend and
evening support. A mobile-friendly application and personally checked applications are also used as
excuses for charging higher fees. But the sites are still able to legally operate because they contain
disclaimers saying the site was not official.
The business practices of these companies may be morally reprehensible however not illegal.
Remember always go to GOV.UK
Original Message Sent By Mark Armstrong (NHWN, Community Support Officer, NW Scotland)