Thaiboi would like to learn to drive so needs a provisional driving licence. We assumed that by appying in person at the local DVLA office they would check his passport while we waited. Not so. They wanted to send it to the DVLA in Swansea for checking which takes 20 working days! We have a few overseas trips planned over the next couple of months so he needs to keep his passport. Also I'm concerned about it going missing on its return journey along with his new licence.
When I exchanged my Irish licence for a UK one all necessary paperwork was completed in one visit to the DVLA local office in Wimbledon. They took about 40 minutes to check my passport was in fact a passport and I was happy to wait. However it appears that this express service is exclusively for exchanging licences rather than applying for new ones.
If we were to drive to Swansea would they perform the necessary checks on his passport while we wait? Or is there some other way around this?