What about the Post Office’s Photocard Driving Licence Renewal option?
The postal application numbers we’ve quoted for renewal (but not provisional applications) include those made via the Post Office’s Photocard Driving Licence Renewal service.
This costs £21.50, so £7.50 more than doing it yourself online.
The Post Office takes your photo, makes sure your signature meets DVLA standards and sends your application, so it can offer peace of mind if you’re worried about your application being sent back and delayed.
The FOI data we obtained didn’t specify how many of those renewing by post were using the Photocard Driving Licence Renewal service – some who chose to do so will therefore have had a valid reason for choosing to pay more to renew.
However, it’s worth noting if you DON’T use this service and make a mistake, you won’t lose the fee you paid. If you don’t include all the info you need you’ll simply be asked to provide it and there’s no extra charge – the only case in which you could have to pay another fee is if you mistakenly supply wrong info, and you then have to apply again for a new driving licence.