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Accessing gov.uk websites
We have reported in the past about possible scams when trying to access gov.uk websites but having had experience of this problem during the last few days it seems sensible to put out a reminder.
 
As I am over the age of 70 I had received a letter from DVLA informing me I needed to renew my driving licence. I had done this online 3 years earlier so was quite happy to do so again.
 
I very carefully input the following into Google as instructed in my letter
www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence-at-70 and up popped several possible websites all appearing at first sight to possibly be the ‘correct’ one.
The top two were as follows;

Ad· apply.licencesafe.co.uk/70
Renew Online Now - If you're 70 or Over

Ad· www.ukdrivinglicencerenewalsonline.co.uk/
 United Kingdom Driver Renewal - Online Lisencing Renew
 
Both looked promising but then I noticed two things; the ‘Ad’ in front of each of them so they had presumably paid Google to be at the top of the list and no mention of ‘gov.uk’ in the web address! Plus of course a spelling mistake in the second one. Therefore they were both ignored. There were several others in the list WITHOUT ‘gov.uk’ in the web address so beware. I soon found the correct web address which DID have the elusive ‘gov.uk’ as the heading and which gave
https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence as the web address when clicked upon.
Perhaps it would be helpful if we were given that complete web address as that seems to work immediately and came top of the list.
 
Fake Government websites are now extremely common when accessing any Government department whether it be DVLA, Passport Office, HMRC etc. so we must be extremely careful to select the correct website from any list. These fake sites will at the very least charge you for what should be a free service, charge you a lot more than the normal Government fee or collect personal/bank information about you.
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