The DVLA has reminded drivers that they risk a £1,000 fine if they don't update their details when they move home. In a tweet, it said that the DVLA must be notified of a change of address.
This is because it requires up-to-date information in case a driver is involved in an accident. According to GOV.UK, the rule counts for both full and provisional licensees and applies even if you've only moved temporarily. It costs nothing to change the address and you can still drive while waiting for an updated licence, reports the Daily Record.
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"
Changes can be made either online or through a paper application. If you also want to apply to change your name - for example if you've got married - you can only complete the process by post using a form from your local Post Office.
Contact details must also be changed for vehicle log books, known as a V5C, as well as 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.