Warning from DVLA about bogus sites
New websites are popping up online that duplicate the official DVLA website charging motorists almost three times as much for the same services that are offered by the DVLA. Many of these bogus sites are offering driving licence applications that are not valid, and the kicker is that they charge much more for people to file these bogus applications. Motorists are paying almost three times as much for their applications to get filed making them a very expensive way to fill out any form.
Many times browsers are taken to these fake DVLA websites by search engines since the website creators have been careful to develop their SEO. Thus, sometimes they end up at the top of the list; other times they are actually sponsored results that are paid to be in the top of results ahead of the real DVLA websites. These websites offer check and send services as well as many other additional services to unknowing browsers that are simply looking to take care of simple DVLA matters online.
The DVLA however is warning motorists that all they will get for their time is a paper application form that has simply been filled out already for them. In other words, instead of writing in the form themselves, they fill out the form online and then someone writes it out for them. The cost for this service is almost three times as much making it pretty worthless.
While the service is not illegal, for the consumer looking for a cost effective way to book a theory or practical test the service is not the way to go. All driving license applications actually issued through the DVLA can be submitted online on the official DVLA website without any additional fees outside of the standard costs for the tests.