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Old 8th December 2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Angry Driving licence scam

I wanted to change my address and so logged on to what I took to be a DVLA site.
Turned out its a scam, charge you £5 just to email you the Form D1, but more worrying is they now have my personal details, bank etc.
Its only once you pay the header comes up with this is not connected to the DVLA!

Grrrr!
Website is:
DRIVING-LICENCE-APPLICATION.co.uk

You have been warned!
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Old 8th December 2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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Oh dear ! However, I see that the following small print at the web site header shows the folowing:-

DRIVING-LICENCE-APPLICATION.co.uk
Your driving licence application in a few clicks.
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Old 9th December 2013, 01:06 AM   #3
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Perhaps more importantly Malcolm, you should be more worried about the REAL DVLA site and the scams they pull on bikers and truckers.

Been more than a couple of months since I heard about the last instance of folks sending off to change their address or other details and finally getting a new licence back with NO motorcycle entitlement or truck entitlement when it was clearly there in the first place. This has been going on for years and despite many promises of sending back the old licence with the new one so you could prove you had the entitlement in the first place, this is not happening routinely.

A police motorcycle engineer who had his licence checked by the Chief Constable every year, being denied entitlement until he can prove he had it in the first place; 'It's OK' says DVLA, 'all you have to do is send us your pass certificate and we will re-issue the licence with the correct entitlements'. Kind of difficult when you passed your test in 1964. Oh, and had to send off the pass certificate to get your licence! Get real.

So, the only way I have heard of of getting them to prove you have the entitlement is to write to them, before you change any details, and ask them, under a 'Freedom of Information' request, to tell you what details they currently hold on file for you. This will be the proof you need to back up any claim for entitlements missing from your new licence.

The Police motorcycle engineer had to re-sit his test and couldn't test-ride police motorcycles until he had done so. Oh, and then try telling your insurance company you are a newly qualified rider!

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So, the only way I have heard of of getting them to prove you have the entitlement is to write to them, before you change any details, and ask them, under a 'Freedom of Information' request, to tell you what details they currently hold on file for you. This will be the proof you need to back up any claim for entitlements missing from your new licence.
It would be a request under the Data Protection Act, not the Freedom of Information Act as you are asking for personal data. It is a simple request and one that I did about 3 years ago and now have the print out tucked away in a safe place. I know 2 people who fell foul to this and both had to resit the test as they couldn't prove to DVLA they had previously passed a test, due to having taken their test originally in the 70's.
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I've never, ever surrendered a licence showing my entitlements, whether it be for an address change, photo update or whatever. That does mean I've got one or two stashed away in a drawer (sorry, I meant to say they've been lost of course....), but its a good starting point should something go amiss.

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I've never, ever surrendered a licence showing my entitlements, whether it be for an address change, photo update or whatever. That does mean I've got one or two stashed away in a drawer (sorry, I meant to say they've been lost of course....), but its a good starting point should something go amiss.

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I'm with Pete on this I've managed to lose a few over the years, miraculously just before I moved, Strange that!
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Yup - kind of difficult for them to argue you have no entitlement when you have a licence in your possession that says so. On the other hand the DPA request sounds like a good idea... think I'll try that.

Good advice here. Innit?
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Hey Bob,

Thanks for the correction. How do you go about getting the print out under the DP act?

Somehoy I think it is something we should all do; the problem is widespread and not going away and if it happens to someone who needs their licence on a daily basis then they are truly bu@@ered if it happens to them.

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"Data subject access requests (driver information)
The Data Protection Act gives you the right to obtain information held about yourself from the DVLA records.
Requests for data must be made in writing providing your full name
and address details, driver licence number or your date of birth if your driver number is not known. The fee for this service is £5.00 and requests
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DVRE 5, D7,
DVLA, Swansea, SA6 7JL
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