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Lucy Farrell & Gemma Jones

DVLA warns motorists to check details on driving licence

The DVLA has issued a warning for anyone with a drivers licence to double check their details.

The government department issued a fresh reminder on Thursday in a tweet warning motorists that they could face a hefty fine if their address is not up to date. You need to update your licence if you've changed address, even if it's temporary, reported the Daily Record.

According to GOV.UK, drivers can be hit with fines up to £1,000 if they 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.

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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. 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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