I have been asked to look at
this for you.
I looked at my colleagues
answer and can only agree with it.
Whilst you may not agree with
her answer, and it does correspond with what you are being told by DVLA.
The fact remains that you
have to be a UK resident to get a UK driving licence and whilst I accept that
you have been a UK resident for the last 20 years in the DVLA's eyes that does
not necessarily mean that you are not illegally here in the UK.
Proving identification does
not prove that you are allowed to live here.
I can also tell you that
unless you get the necessary stamp in your passport your remedy is via judicial
review which could take at least 12 months and more likely two years. You could
of course make a formal complaint but from past experience, you might as well
save yourself the stamp.
I also accept that this is a
renewal but the DVLA have really tightened their procedures up in the last few
years and the chances are that you applied for a driving licence today using
the information you provided 20 years ago, you would not get it.
There is simply not a magic
solution to your problem.
I'm sorry, I appreciate that
this is not the answer you wanted but there is no point in me misleading you.