Can the DVLA ask for a cheque and then refuse a legally valid one?
This is ongoing so consider it for amusement. When you reach 70 years of age you have to have a new driving licence. I recently turned 70. I thought, "They must want a more up to date photo." No photo required but if you want a new one on your card there is a charge. A straight renewal is free. So that is what I did, straight renewal. Then I lost the new one. Now the fun begins.
After some rigamarole I sent for a paper form. Filled it in, sent it back. It came back. You have missed a tick-box. Made a tick, sent it back. It returned, "You have to pay £20 by cheque or postal order." I don't have a cheque book and my nearest Co-op Bank branch is 40 miles away in Cardiff. So I've asked Suport for a cheque book but had no answer so far. (Takes 5 working days. It's more efficient that way.)
Then I remembered the story of the farmer who, exasperated with his bank, wrote them a cheque on the side of a cow. It was quite difficult to put the cow through the computer. There is still no legal requirement to write a cheque on a pre-printed form supplied by the bank. That is merely a convenience for the bank's client. So I got a blank piece of A4, tore off the bottom third (see how considerate I am!) and duly-hand wrote a cheque.
I drew two parallel lines across the top left-hand corner so that it can _only be paid into the bank account of the payee.
I wrote today's date, the name of the payee DVLA, the amount in words TWENTY POUNDS ONLY and numbers £20.00. I wrote the Bank Name, Sort Code and Account Number on the cheque also. then signed the cheque with my name. All this is legally required.
Then I posted it off. So I mentioned all this to my neighbour and it turns out that his grandson's job is to issue Driver Licences from the DVLA. So his mother called him. Alas, he said he'd had such things before and he was always told - by his supervisor - to return a plain paper, hand written cheque.
I suppose I could send a postal order but there is a 12.5% charge on POs from about £10 - £200. So that would cost me £2.50 more and I resent it. So my amusement is. They asked for a cheque, they got one, they might now refuse it. Can they do that. I suppose they can but it leaves me without a driving licence. So should I just keeping sending the cheque back and forth and if I get stopped by the police simply say, "My license is in the post!"
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