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DVLA warns drivers of rogue online licence & tax services

The caution, which follows the organisation's recent warning over third-party driving licence reminders, comes as the Government, led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS), continues to investigate reports of organisations actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally.

The DVLA says it has been made aware of several websites offering a check and send service for driving licence or vehicle tax applications. These services are in no way affiliated with DVLA and the Office of Fair Trading has ruled that websites which charge additional fees and services are not acting illegally.

These websites will claim to offer value-added services to ensure your application is correct before you send it to DVLA. However, using this service will mean you can end up paying as much as three times the normal price for your driving licence, and all you will receive is a paper application form that has been completed for you.

The DVLA’s online driving licence and vehicle tax services in the driving licence and vehicle tax sections of GOV.UK.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.