Many UK residents are unaware of the fact that they can be fined for not having the correct personal information on file with the DVLA. If you move to a new location and do not call the DVLA contact number to let them know, you can be fined up to £1,000. That is quite a hefty fine to risk having to pay, so let’s go over the steps required in order to avoid it.
The reason that the DVLA asks for this information is to ensure that your driving licence, vehicle registration and vehicle tax are all up-to-date. Some may avoid updating information because they do not want to pay a cost, but it actually does not cost anything to provide current details. What is required is a bit of effort on your part. You will need to do the complete the following three steps:
1) Update to the new home address on your driving licence. This can now be done online, which is rather convenient. It can also be done by mail. You will need to complete and send in the D741 to make the change by mail, as well as return your photocard driving licence. If you need this form, it can be downloaded online or you can contact DVLA and request it.
2) Update to the new home address on your vehicle’s V5C registration certificate. Changes to the log book are only necessary if the vehicle is going to be kept at the new address. To make the change, write your new address in section 6 of your V5C. Sign your name and date the declaration areas in section 8. Mail the entire V5C in to DVLA.
3) If you use direct debit, DVLA contact will be necessary. You will need to update the address for vehicle tax purposes. You can call, email, or write to them.
Note that you may need to also report any temporary address changes as well. For example, if you are going to university and your vehicle is going with you. If you have any questions about this, call the DVLA number and speak with one of the agents. They are excellent about answering any questions that drivers might have. In most cases, they can also mail any forms that you need to you, and can even help you to complete them properly if you are unsure of how to do this.
Clearly, it will take a bit of your time to make the necessary updates to your address on file with the DVLA. However, this is necessary if you wish to avoid a fine. Possibly even more important than the fine is the fact that keeping up with important information regarding your licence and vehicle will be much easier when DVLA contact is not going to the wrong address.