How long does it take for DVLA to return my passport?

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Navigating the process of having your passport returned by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) in the UK can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re unsure of the timelines involved. Here’s an article to guide you through what to expect based on information from various sources, including Honest John and GOV.UK.

Understanding DVLA’s Processing Times

The DVLA has been known to experience backlogs, especially following periods of lockdown. This can lead to delays in the return of documents, including passports. If you have sent your passport to the DVLA, it’s more likely to be returned sooner if it was sent months or weeks ago rather than a few days ago. However, the exact timeframe can vary depending on the current backlog and processing speeds at the DVLA.

Online vs. Postal Applications

Using DVLA’s online services is recommended as it’s usually quicker. For instance, if you apply online for a driving licence or vehicle registration certificate (V5C), you should receive it within 5 days. However, for postal applications, it’s advised to allow 4 weeks for new documents to be sent to you. This includes the time taken to process your application and return any original documents like your passport.

Special Considerations

  • Medical Conditions: If your application involves declaring a medical condition, expect longer processing times, as additional information might be required from medical professionals.
  • Proof of Identity: When sending proof of identity, including passports, it’s advised to check exactly what’s required and consider using registered post for added security.

Contacting DVLA

In case of delays or for any queries, you can contact the DVLA call centre. However, be aware that due to backlogs, the phone lines might be busy. The call centre operates Monday to Friday from 8 am to 7 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm.

The key takeaway is that while DVLA aims to process applications efficiently, various factors such as the method of application (online or postal), the inclusion of medical conditions, and current workloads can affect how long it takes for them to return your passport. Patience and proactive communication with DVLA are advisable during this process.