For most people, a driver’s license serves as their primary form of photo identification. Because of this, it is important that the information printed on the license remain current. DVLA does allow license holders to update this information as it changes, but it will require a bit of effort on the part of the licensee. The following tips will help you to make changes and update your license information quickly and easily.
If you have a Government Gateway ID, you can update your address online for free. If you don’t have this ID, or need to re-register, you’ll receive one as part of your application. Note that you will also need to update your V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) if your vehicle is to be kept at your new address. You can drive your vehicle while waiting for your new license to arrive, and no longer need the paper counterpart of your license. Your updated license should arrive via post within one week if you apply online.
If you need to change the name on your license, you will need to complete the D1 form and send it to DVLA, along with your old license and any supporting documents. You will also need to update your V5C vehicle registration certificate if you change your name. Call DVLA to request the D1 form. For lorry or bus applications, request a D2 form instead of the D1. Once completed, the form can be mailed to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BN. You can expect to receive the new license in approximately 3 weeks from the time the form is received.
If you would like to change the photo on your license, you will need to renew your full or provisional license. You can apply online with DVLA if you already have a valid UK passport and wish to use your passport photo. You can also apply using your Government Gateway ID, or receive this ID one as part of your application. You will not be able to apply online if your name or title has changed, or if you currently have a 5-year bus or lorry license. In this cases, get in touch with DVLA and request instructions for how to make a change to your photo.
If you have any questions or concerns about making changes to your license, contact DVLA. Agents can provide information and instructions for how to go about making the necessary changes. Although it may be tempting to not update your license, you may find that failure to do so could cause problems. In most cases, there is no cost to make updates, and the process of submitting the new information does not take long.