A new five-year deal between the DVLA and the Post Office could make it easier for motorists to renew their photographic driving licences.
The agreement means drivers would be able to have their photo taken and updated at a local branch of the Post Office when their licence is due for renewal – currently every ten years.
Drivers would also be able to have their application form and signature scanned electronically at the counter.
Driving licence renewals
The Post Office would then send this information to the DVLA, which would post a new photocard licence to the driver.
Alan Cook, managing director of the Post Office, said: ‘We are putting a huge effort into equipping Post Office branches with a high-technology capability to handle transactions where strong proof of identity is needed.
‘This new contract supports the DVLA’s objectives to reduce paper, increase security and provide improved customer service.’
Currently, drivers must pay £17.50 to renew a photocard licence. However, the DVLA is expected to introduce new fees on 6 April 2009.