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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Lucy Farrell & Joel Moore

DVLA warns drivers they risk £1,000 for not updating details

The DVLA has warned motorists who have changed address must update details on their licence and other documents or risk a hefty fine. The rule, which counts for both full and provisional licensees, applies even if you have only moved temporarily.

It costs nothing to change the address and you can still drive while waiting for an updated licence - if not, drivers can be fined up to £1,000, reports Daily Record. According to GOV.UK, you can be hit with fines if you do not notify DVLA of a new address, as current residential information is required should the holder be involved in an accident.

The government department issued a fresh reminder on Thursday, February 2, with a tweet that read: "Moved home? You must update your:

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

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