How to Change Your Driving Licence Address

We all know that moving house can be a stressful experience. What many drivers don't realise, though, is that you could end up unknowingly breaking the law by not updating your driving licence when you change your address. Yep, that's right—you need to inform the DVLA when you've changed address, or risk being slapped with a hefty fine. If you want to avoid that possibility, you need to make sure you know exactly how to change your driving licence address.

In this guide, we're going to look at why it's important that you update your details on your driving licence and how you can go about doing it.

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Do I really need to inform the DVLA when I change my address?

It doesn't matter if you're a learner driver with a provisional licence or a qualified driver with a full licence, you need to inform the DVLA when you change your address. It may seem like a hassle, but there are some really important reasons why this is required.

Firstly, notifying the DVLA of any address changes ensures that they hold accurate contact details for you, enabling them to get in touch whenever necessary. Failure to do so can lead to even more serious consequences further down the line. For example, if you need to make an insurance claim and the address on your licence doesn't match up with the one on record, you could end up having to wait weeks for them to sort things out. There's a benefit to you, too—in the unfortunate event that you lose your licence, you'll want to be sure anyone who finds it sends it back to the right address!

You'll still be able to drive while you're waiting for your new documents to be sent over, so don't panic! It's also worth noting that you won't need to inform the DVLA of temporary address changes—e.g., if you're living at a different residence for university—as long as they can still get in touch with you at your permanent home address.

What happens if I don't update my licence?

GOV.UK, warns drivers, “You could be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell the DVLA when your address changes.” Yeesh! That's a pretty hefty price to pay just for forgetting to update your address. As such, it's something that you need to take seriously. Let's face it, spending half an hour of your time filling out forms is still a better alternative to forking out for a £1,000 fine.

If you've changed your address, it's not just your driving licence that needs updating—you'll need to update your vehicle log book (V5C) and your Direct Debit for your vehicle tax.

How to change the address on your driving licence

The DVLA makes the process simple enough for learner and qualified drivers. You can tell the DVLA your address has changed online or by post. Either method is free, unless you're looking to update your photograph.

If you're looking to save time by notifying the DVLA that your name has changed at the same time, then you'll have to apply by post, not online. If you're moving abroad, then you won't be able to register your new address on your British driving licence. Instead, the DVLA urges you to contact the driving licence authority in your new country of residence.

Applying online

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What you need:

Before you start your online application, you will need:

  • Your driving licence
  • To be a resident of Great Britain (there's a different process for residents of Northern Ireland)
  • To give the addresses you've lived at in the last 3 years
  • To not be banned from driving

When filling out the application, you will also be asked to provide the following: your driving licence number, your National Insurance number and your passport number.

If you want to change your photograph

Desperate to change that serial killer photo you've been lumped with since you first applied for your provisional driving licence? Then you'll be ecstatic to hear that you might be able to change it at the same time as updating your address! It all depends, however, on how long your licence is still valid for. If it's still valid for two more years, then you won't be able to update your photo until you renew your licence. If, on the other hand, it's valid for less than two years, you'll be able to swap out that snap!

To do this, you can use one of the following options:

  • Use the same photo as your passport
  • Send a passport-style photo—you can't do this online, so you'll have to wait for a letter informing you how to send it.

Whilst it won't cost you a penny to change your address on your driving licence, you will be charged a small fee of £14 for your new photo. Payment options for this include: MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card.

Please note: if you're over 70 or have a medical short period licence, you will not have to pay anything.

How to apply online

To get started today, simply follow the instructions on this online application form and make sure you fill in all of the required details. Make sure you double check everything before you click confirm—you really don't want to have to do it all over again because you were too lazy to look over it properly. Once you've finished your application, you'll receive a confirmation email from the DVLA. They might also ask you to take part in a research questionnaire, but don't feel obligated to take part—it's completely optional.

Your new and updated driving licence should arrive within one week of your online application. Please bear in mind that you might be waiting a bit longer depending on how many applications the DVLA is dealing with. If it's been longer than three weeks since you completed the online form, then it's time for you to contact the DVLA.

Applying by post

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Decided to apply by post? The process is just as simple as the online application, it just requires you to send off for a couple of forms. The exact process may differ depending on whether you're a paper or photocard driving licence holder, as we'll explain below.

Photocard driving licence holders

When the DVLA sent you your photocard licence, they will have included a D741 form, which is what you need to fill out in order to update your address. If you're a bit of a hoarder, you might still have it. If this is the case, all you've got to do is fill in the 'changes' section. Can't find your form? Before you go into full meltdown mode, breathe in and out—you can simply order a licence application form online or pick one up from your local post office. If you're driving a car or motorcycle, you'll need form D1. If you're driving a lorry or bus, then it will be form D2.

Once you're received your form and filled it in, you need to send it offer with your photocard driving licence to the DVLA:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BN

If you want to change your photo at the same time

If you're updating your address by post, you'll also be able to update your photo at the same time, if you so wish. All you've got to do is send off for order form D1 and fill it in. You will also need the following in your application pack:

  • A recent passport-style photo
  • A cheque or postal order for £17, made payable to the DVLA.
    You will not need to pay the fee if you're over 70 or have a medical short period licence.

If you want to change your name at the same time

If you've recently changed your name, you can kill two birds with one stone and update your name and address at the same time. To do this, simply send off for order form D1 and fill it in. You will also need to send the DVLA original documents in your new name:

  • A marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • Your decree nisi or decree absolute, along with your birth or adoption certificate, or UK certificate of naturalisation
  • A statutory declaration
  • A deed poll

The DVLA also stipulates that you must provide an identity document or driving licence that shows your previous name.

Paper driving licence holders

In case you weren't aware, paper driving licences were replaced by photocard licences in 2015 and are no longer circulated by the DVLA. Only paper driving licences that were issued before 1998 are still considered valid by the DVLA. If you're looking to update the address on yours, you will need to send the following to the DVLA:

  • Form D1 for car and motorbike licences, or
  • Form D2 for lorry and bus licences
  • Your paper driving licence
  • Original documents confirming your identity, e.g., your passport or UK birth, adoption or naturalisation certificate
  • A passport photograph

Once you've sent off your application to the DVLA, your new and updated licence should arrive within three weeks. If you still haven't received your licence after this time, contact the DVLA to see what the hold up is.

Now, if you've changed address, it's not just your driving licence that needs updating. You also need to change the address on your vehicle log book (V5C) and update your Direct Debit (if that's how you pay your vehicle tax).

Changing your address on your vehicle log book (V5C)

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Thought you were done once you'd changed the address on your driving licence? Think again—you'll have to do the same with your vehicle log book, or risk a fine.  Fortunately, as with updating your address on your driving licence, it's usually free to change address on your log book. Wondering why it's so important? If the DVLA has the wrong address, you won't receive your vehicle tax reminder letter (V11) and you won't get any vehicle tax refunds.

Changing your address

If you've changed addresses, it's as simple as writing your new address in your log book and sending it to the DVLA. The section you write this in will vary depending on the style of your log book:

  • If it's a new style log book (with multi-coloured number blocks on the front cover), you'll need to fill in section 3
  • If it's an older style log book, you'll need to fill in section 6

When filling in your details, it's important that you do not tick the 'new keeper' box. Doing this tells the DVLA that your vehicle has changed hands. You also shouldn't fill in your name on the older style form. Once you've filled out the required section, you can send your whole log book (and any supporting documents) to:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BA

If you've changed your name recently, you can update it in your log book at the same time as your address. Simply fill in section 3 or 6 with your new name in full—do not give initials or joint names. You will also need to provide a separate note to inform the DVLA that you've changed your name, along with proof that your name has changed, e.g., a deed poll. You do not need to do this if your name has changed because of marriage or divorce.

Lost your log book?

If you've misplaced your log book, or can't even remember having one, don't panic too much - you can just apply for a new one. Simply download and fill in the DVLA's application for a log book (V62). Once you've filled in the application form, send it on over to the DVLA with a cheque or postal order for £25, made payable to the DVLA:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1DD

Please note, it might take up to 6 weeks for you to receive your new log book. If it still hasn't arrived after this time, you should get in touch with the DVLA. Remember, you will need to actually have a UK address to receive your new log book. If you're moving abroad, you'll need to apply before you take your vehicle outside of the UK.

Change your address on your Direct Debit

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Do you pay for your vehicle tax by Direct Debit? If the answer is yes, then you will need to inform the DVLA that you've changed your address. Fortunately, it's a very simple process—you don't even have to download any application forms! All it takes is a quick phone call to the DVLA so that they can update their records:

DVLA vehicle tax enquiries

Telephone: 0300 790 6802
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday, 8am to 2pm

And there you have it! Now you have absolutely no excuse to not update the DVLA if you change your address!

FAQs

1. Do I have to pay to change my address on my driving licence?

Nope. It won't cost you a penny to change your address on your driving licence, whether you do so online or by post. You'll only have to pay if you intend to change your photo at the same time. In this case, it will cost you £14 if you apply online, or £17 if you're applying by post.

2. Do I have to update my address on my provisional licence?

Yep. The rules for full driving licence holders apply for provisional licence holders as well. If you change your address, you need to tell the DVLA. If you don't, you could be fined up to £1,000, regardless of whether you're a learner driver or not.

3. Do I have to update my address if I'm going to university?

The address on your provisional or full driving licence needs to be your permanent place of residence. Even if you're staying in halls or elsewhere whilst at university, it's still only temporary. As long as the DVLA can still get in touch with you at your permanent address, you don't have to tell the DVLA.

4. Can I update my licence with a foreign address?

Nope. If you're moving abroad, then you won't be able to register your new address on your British driving licence. Instead, you'll have to get in touch with the driving licence authority in your new country of residence.

5. I can't find my D741 form, what should I do?

Keep calm and try not to panic! It's not a big deal if you've lost your D741 form. Instead, you can just order a licence application form online or pick one up from your local post office. Once you've got your hands the right form, fill it in and send it off to the DVLA.

6. Am I still allowed to drive if I've sent off my licence to the DVLA?

Not to worry. You'll still be allowed to drive on the roads, even without your driving licence. You should only be waiting up to a few weeks for your new licence anyway, so you'll be fine without it.

Comments

  1. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Ahmed,

    Your licence will take a while to arrive, I'm afraid. This is down to the ongoing covid backlogs. However, you can still drive without the licence because you've got your pass certificate.

    It's odd that the DVLA said they have no record of your pass. Did they explain why that is?

    Thanks,

    Sam

    1 week ago

  2. Ahmed

    I passed my driving test 16 September I still waiting for licence call dvla they said we don't have any your driving test pass record but I have dvla email whn I pass and pass certificate any advice for me wht u do I'm so worried

    1 week ago

  3. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Diana,

    You can do that by going to https://www.gov.uk/change-driving-test and selecting the 'Candidate Details' section.

    Thanks!

    Sam

    1 week ago

  4. Diana

    I've changed the date on my provisional today and have my exam on the 31st of January but I've put my old address, hos do you change the address for your exam? Thank you

    1 week ago

  5. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Chloe,

    It should only take a couple of weeks for a change of address, but the DVLA are backlogged because of the pandemic, so it's taking longer.

    I've heard of some cases taking 2–3 months, so don't worry too much if it's not been that long yet. If it has been longer, it'd be worth contacting the DVLA directly.

    Good luck!

    Sam

    1 month ago

  6. Chloe

    How long does it take to get your provisional back in the post after change of address?

    1 month ago

  7. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi there,

    It's strange that you've been told you can't change the address on your licence. What was the reason given?

    Thanks,

    Sam

    1 month ago

  8. noteligible

    I've been told I'm not eligible to change my address, even though I need to

    1 month ago

  9. GG

    it is really sad to wait such long time for just change of address. Dvla is embarrassing.

    1 month ago

  10. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Andre,

    The DVLA are facing a bit of a backlog, at the moment. I'd imagine your licence will be with you soon because 2–3 months seems to be the average wait time, at the moment.

    You might be best contacting the DVLA to see what they recommend.

    Hope it's with you before you go to Cyprus!

    Thanks,

    Sam

    1 month ago

  11. Andre Joannou

    I have sent my driving license to charge the address 2moths i haven’t heard anything I’m going on holiday and I want to rant a car in Cyprus what I have do

    1 month ago

  12. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Moslem,

    The DVLA are facing a large backlog caused by lockdown, which is why licences are taking so long to come back. I've heard of some cases taking over 3 months, so I wouldn't worry about it yet.

    Remember you can still drive while waiting for the licence in the post. If you happen to be pulled over by the police, they'll be able to check their database for your licence records.

    Thanks,

    Sam

    1 month ago

  13. Sue

    We have paper licences and are moving house, then travelling abroad the following week for a month’s holiday. We need our driving licences to drive while away. Presumably it would be okay to let the DVLA know our change of address after we get back?

    1 month ago

  14. Moslem salah

    Hello I changed it my address One month ago but no coming back my driver license

    Thank you

    1 month ago

  15. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Henry,

    Sorry to hear that. The DVLA are really delayed, at the moment, because of the covid backlog. They'll get back to you ASAP with your new licence.

    Please be aware that we're not affiliated with the DVLA. They're a government agency but we're an independent intensive driving course company.

    Thanks!

    Sam

    2 months ago

  16. Henry senkumba

    I did send my driving license for a change of address , I send by recorded diliverly in the post office on the 2rd july .they haven't replied or written my new adress and telling people it takes three weeks I dont understand you sir
    Henry senkumba

    2 months ago

  17. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Jewel,

    The DVLA waiting times are currently much slower than usual due to the pandemic backlog and industrial actions, so I wouldn't be too concerned with how long it's been.

    If your licence hasn't arrived in the next week or two, you can contact the DVLA here - gov.uk/contact-the-dvla

    Good luck!

    Sam

    3 months ago

  18. Jewel

    I have changed my address on June 3rd trough online and still haven't receive my driving license to new address. And is it normal nowadays? If I don't receive it by this time week then where or how should I contact with Dvla, please let me know know

    3 months ago

  19. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Jason,

    Unfortunately the DVLA call centre are taking industrial action this week. They'll be back at work from 14th June, so you'll be able to get a response from someone after then.

    Thanks,

    Sam

    4 months ago

  20. jason grigg

    almost six weeks since i sent my licence off but cant talk to anyone about it

    4 months ago

  21. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Laszlo,

    If you've already sent the application to change your address, it'd be best to wait for it to come back. Sending another application for a new licence will just confuse matters and make it take even longer, I'm afraid.

    I imagine it will be with you soon if you've already been waiting a month. If the licence doesn't arrive a couple of days before the test, you'll be able to reschedule the date.

    Good luck!

    Thanks,

    Sam

    4 months ago

  22. Laszlo

    Hi, I sent my provisional license for changing address a month ago, but my driving test is in 16 days. I still did not hear from DVLA. They do not answer phone and chat service is also not working. What do you advise? Should I apply online immediately and hope that I will receive the new provisional driving license in two weeks? Many thanks.

    4 months ago

  23. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Mr Windmill,

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    With standard driving tests, the examiner asks if any details have changed when arranging to send your new licence. I assume that Category C tests will be the same, so you should be able to update your address at the test centre.

    Good luck with the test!

    Thanks,

    Sam

    4 months ago

  24. Mr Windmill

    Hi I’ve got a question
    I’m about to do my Test for my Class C
    But am moving address 1 week before my test. What should I do ??

    Thanks in advance

    4 months ago

  25. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Sue,

    You can find the full list of ID documents that the DVLA accept on this website - gov.uk/id-for-driving-licence

    Hope that helps!

    Thanks,

    Sam

    5 months ago

  26. Sue

    Need to change my address online but do not have a current passport what other ID do they accept

    5 months ago

  27. Andy@PassMeFast

    Hi William

    As we are unaffiliated with the DVLA, we aren't involved in the processing of your application. Your best course of action is to contact the DVLA directly by calling 0300 790 6801 or using the official DVLA email service.

    I've also removed the personal information included in your original comment - I would advise you not to share these in comments for your own security.

    Hope this helps

    Andy

    6 months ago

  28. William Robinson

    hi sent my Driving Licence and all paper's to you first week in March to Change my Address nothing come back as yet. W Robinson

    6 months ago

  29. Isobel@PassMeFast

    Hi Filimon,

    As explained in the article, you can do this online (simply click on the link included in the relevant paragraph above) or via post. If you choose the latter, you should be able to find the necessary form at your local Post Office.

    Isobel

    7 months ago

  30. Filimon

    I want Chang my address

    7 months ago

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