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Lucy Farrell

DVLA issues driving licence warning to motorists who have moved home

Motorists who have changed address must update details on their licence and other documents or risk a hefty fine, the DVLA has warned.

The government department issued a fresh reminder on Thursday in a tweet. According to GOV.UK, drivers can be hit with fines up to £1,000 if you do not notify the DVLA of a new address, as current residential information is required should the holder be involved in an accident.

The rule counts for both full and provisional licensees and applies even if you've only moved temporarily, but not if you can still be reached at your permanent address, like if your'e away for college. It costs nothing to change the address and you can still drive while waiting for an updated licence.

The DVLA's tweet read: "Moved home? You must update your:

  • driving licence
  • Vehicle log book (V5C)
  • Direct Debit for vehicle tax
  • Private number plate documents"

You can apply to change your licence address through online and paper applications.

Motorists can apply for a new licence online or in the post office (iStockphoto/Getty Images)

However, if you also want to apply to change your name - say, if you get married - you can only complete the process by post and pick up a form in your local office.

Contact details must also be changed for vehicle log books, if you pay your tax via direct debit or if you have personalised number plates. The same fine can be given if you update your licence only without changing your address on the above.

All applications can be made online here.

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