British motorists could have missed out on savings of nearly £5 million last year by not going online to apply for or renew their driving licence, according to new DVLA figures that have been published.

Online applications now account for nearly 4 out of 5 provisional driving licence applications and around half of all driving licence renewals – an increase of around 10% over the last 3 years. A provisional licence costs £43 when applying by post, but only £34 online, with renewals costing £17 by post and £14 online.

However, some drivers missed out on the savings last year with more than 1.2 million drivers still posting their applications to DVLA.

DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said, “Each year, more and more people are choosing to use our online services and it is always cheaper and quicker to renew your driving licence n gov.uk. It’s also the quickest way for those who have lost or misplaced their licence to apply for a replacement.”

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