Drivers warned of licence and tax renewal scam sites

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 15:00
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SCAM: Sites are charging three times too much

Motorists are being fleeced by bogus websites offering an unofficial check and send service for driving licence or vehicle tax applications.

The government are urging all drivers only to use the official GOV.UK site, as the websites in question – which have been judged legal – charge additional fees and services.

Users may come across them in sponsored links or paid-for results sections of search engines and end up paying three times the normal price for government services.

The sites claim to offer value-added services to ensure applications are correct before they are sent to the DVLA.

However, all users will receive is a completed paper application form.

The government, led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS), claim they will continue to investigate reports of organisations which may be actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally.

A spokesperson said: “By using the online driving licence or vehicle tax transactions on GOV.UK you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA and you will not be charged any additional fees for your driving licence or vehicle tax.

“Your driving licence application will be completed online without the need for a paper application in the majority of cases.”

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