How Long Does A Provisional Licence Take To Be Delivered And How To Track it?

For a normal application by post, you can expect to wait around 3 to 4 weeks to get your licence issued, while online applications can be processed within 5 days.

However, people with certain medical conditions that have applied for a new licence, or to renew their existing licence will have to wait much longer for medical clearance to be allowed to drive in the UK legally.

Those applying for their first provisional licence, or hoping to renew their licence due to it being revoked, can also expect a longer turnaround time of up to 2 months.

Due to these extreme delays, the DVLA recommends that people apply online instead of in person, and they also advise against contacting them to inquire about why your application might be delayed.

However, if you want to remain updated on where the DVLA stands with certain applications and services you can check out their latest updates here.

How to Track My Provisional License and Full Driving Licence

Track Provisional License online

If you have already applied for either your full or provisional licence and your driving licence has not arrived, you can check out the status of your application by using the following steps:

  1. To check the progress of your application, you will need the 14-digit reference number that was emailed to you when you made your application.
  2. Next, enter your details such as your application number, surname and postcode on the following DVLA page.

enter your details to Track Provisional License

For Provisional licence applications with an ‘FP’ reference number, you will have to use a different service to track your application.

  1. First, have your reference number prepared which begins with FP followed by 10 letters.
  2. Enter your National Insurance number, your home address for the last 3 years, and your UK passport number.
  3. You will then need to sign in here, in order to check the status of your application.

Keep in mind that your online application might take up to one week to be processed, and longer if there are additional checks that need to be made.


What if I haven’t been sent a reference number?

Sometimes there are many emails in your inbox, you can search DVLA in your email search bar to confirm whether you have been sent the email. Don’t forget to check your spam inbox. After confirming that, I suggest that you contact the DVLA for more details.

check DVLA reference number from email

Further Reading for Driving in the UK.

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