In January my partner had an S-ICD (defibrillator) implanted he was initially told he would have his driving licence revoked for 6 months. The paperwork arrived a week after telling the DVLA and an instruction to return his licence. The paperwork had two forms, one to send to his consultant after 6 months and one to return to the DVLA at six months. So, in July the two forms were sent on. After several weeks the DVLA sent him an application for a driving licence form. Why they didn't tell him that this was required in the first place is a mystery. So that form goes back with a cheque for £50:00 which the form said he must pay. Several more weeks pass so a phone call to the DVLA now. They say there is a backlog and “oh by the way you didn’t need to pay the £50:00”. To be fair they have now returned the cash.
So here we are now in October and we are now told they need more information from his consultant. They don’t say why or what information they have asked for, but they have said it will take 4 weeks to get the information and then many more weeks for them to consider this. So, we are now expecting it to be December or January so all in all 12 months without a licence at best.
The motto here is don’t wait for the full six months before you start the process and expect it to take months not weeks. Has anyone else had this problem with the DVLA?