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How long is the DVLA taking to renew a licence?

Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by sw11bloke, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. sw11bloke

    sw11bloke · Well-Known Member

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    I sent off my drivers license for a renewal. My diabetes specialist replied to the DVLA in December 2012 and I have still not heard from them. When I called they said that there was a serious backlog. Any advice or body to report this to as this is completely unnacceptable..
     
  2. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    I got my licence renewed in just over one week. It was a straightforward renewal due to the old one running out and as far as I know diabetes was not a factor in it.
     
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    sw11bloke · Well-Known Member

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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Depends what meds you're on and if you take insulin. Basically, if there is a risk of hypo, you need to let them know and they may write to your specialist. I also informed my insurer but they kept premium the same which surprised me ! Not even an admin fee !


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  5. GKStill

    GKStill · Newbie

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    My DVLA form took two months and is now a 3 year renewal. Make sure you fill the forms in to their standards along with Doctors details or they just bounce it back.

    I drive a car and ride a Harley.


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  6. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    No I am a type 2 and when I was first diagnosed I was told I had to inform the DVLA and my insurance. The insurance people were not interested and later the DVLA seemed to change its requirements and type 2's not longer have to notify them.

    As I said above my licence came back in just over a week which I suppose is about right for straightforward cases. I have no idea if my diabetes is still of interest in that process.
     
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    spiritless · Newbie

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    Hello. I am T2 had diabetes for 8 years no one in my family except me
    Driving is no problem my Doctor informed me to check my blood sugar before I start driving Private Hire/Taxi driver no problem
    DVLA no problem. Cheers


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    Viking · Active Member

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    I am type 2 and had to renew my licence when I reached 70. Did it online and received new licence within a week. As I had renewed my passport within the last year they used the passport photo, obtained from the passport office.
     
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    citari · Member

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    Hope you have heard back by now?
    I applied nearly a year ago and am still waiting but have a covering letter. The last time I spoke to somebody at DVLA about a month ago I was told that they were currently dealing with medical info submitted in November 2012.
    I asked if they had had government cut backs leading to this delay and was told no
    They must just be twiddling their thumbs then (and trying to work out new ways to upset diabetics)
     
  10. sw11bloke

    sw11bloke · Well-Known Member

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    I still have not heard from the DVLA. All they say when you call is that they are dealing with it and that it is with the Dr's. I been waiting since Nov 2012. My Dr. has replied to them in December 2012.

    Please sign this petition:
    https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ ... -diabetics
     
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