DVA waiting times

Each section within the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) has different processing periods which can vary depending on the time of month or year. Information is provided below on waiting times for driving licences.

Apply early to get your new licence before your existing licence expires. Applications where the driver has declared a medical condition may take longer to process. If you have sent in a valid application before your existing licence expires, you can continue to drive and in that case you should not need to contact the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland (NI) to check progress. 
To help make sure your application is valid, please see the Checklist.

When to expect your driver licence

DVA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your completed application.  It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.  It may be that you will not receive a driving licence back before your existing licence expires. If you have submitted a valid application before your current licence expires you can continue to drive.

If you don't inform DVA within eight weeks that your licence has not arrived, you will have to apply for a duplicate licence and pay the relevant fee.

Identity checking for driving licence applications is available at County Hall, Coleraine and the following MOT test centres:

  • Armagh
  • Ballymena
  • Belfast (Balmoral Road)
  • Downpatrick
  • Enniskillen
  • Newbuildings
  • Omagh

Vehicle licence applications

DVA no longer provides vehicle licensing or registration services. Instead, contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Swansea.

For more information, please see the links below:

MOT and vehicle test appointments

DVA is experiencing growing demand for vehicle testing. Customers are advised to book their vehicle test when they get their reminder notice which is issued seven weeks before the vehicle test certificate expires. Delayed bookings carry the risk that a vehicle test certificate expires before the vehicle test is scheduled.

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