Scam DVLA texts and emails target motorists

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is warning motorists to watch out for scam emails and texts.

Scammers impersonating the DVLA have been targeting motorists in recent weeks with attempts to gather personal and financial details from them.

The DVLA has also issued warnings over rip-off third-party websites charging hefty fees for processing DVLA applications. These dodgy services can be tricky to avoid, often appearing high up in search results on Google and Bing.

Scam DVLA texts and emails target motorists

In the past 12 months, the DVLA has reported that it’s also received over 800 reports of unofficial rip-off services offering driving licence renewal services to over-70s, which can in fact be done for free on the DVLA’s official website.

How to avoid a DVLA scam

Read more on how to spot a DVLA scam

Reporting a scam

Suspicious emails can be reported by forwarding them to

A text that you suspect could be a scam can be forwarded to 7726 – a free scam text reporting service.

If you’ve clicked a link within an email or text that you suspect is a scam, don’t share any personal or financial details on these websites. If you’ve already shared bank details or card information, contact your bank immediately.