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Driving licence fee to rise

Registration costs will increase too

Drivers are facing a series of registration and licence fee rises.

From May 1 the cost of a first driving licence will rise to £45 from £38, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) announced.

The first vehicle registration goes up to £50 from £38 and a replacement vehicle registration certificate will be £25, up from £19.

But the cost of replacing a paper licence with a photocard will drop from £19 to £10.

Removing endorsements

Other price hikes include those for offender re-registration, covering disqualifications and serious offenders, which rise from £50 to £60 and £75 to £85 respectively.

Removing endorsements will cost £22 instead of £19.

The price changes, the first in three years, have been introduced are part of a revamp of the DVLA and its licensing systems.

This includes services such as Electronic Vehicle re-Licensing (EVL) and First Applications for Driving Licences being available online.

The changes follow the abolition of the fee for the three-year renewal of licences for drivers over 70 and the fee for vocational drivers in 2004.

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