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It is easy to replace your address when using the online system the DVLA have in place.
However full facts here, in many instances it'll make your life a lot easier when you use the dedicated phone number for DVLA change of address. This way you can be sure that application is actually handled accordingly. In addition, you will be able to ask any queries you will likely have regarding your driving licence. Basically, things will probably be a little easier for you if you speak with a real person. It reduces the vast majority of confusion.
Why you should Update Your Address
If you update your address with the DVLA, you will have changes made to the following:
• The address on your driving licence.
• Your vehicle logbook address (V5C) is going to be updated
• There will be a new billing address for all payments you need to make to the DVLA.
It is crucial that all this information is kept up to date. It means that any correspondence related to your licence is sent to the right address. By way of example; should you be unfortunate enough to be caught by a speed camera, you need to know so that you will be able to pay off your fine or contest the charge. By changing your address, you'll be able to make certain any notifications about the renewal of your licence or vehicle tax will be sent to your address. The last thing you want to do is miss those as it could mean paying substantial penalties!
You will also need to make sure that your vehicle is registered to the right address for insurance policy purposes.
You should note that if you don't advise the DVLA once your address changes, you will be given a fine of up to £1, 000. It will be very difficult to challenge this fine, meaning that you're going to be left considerably out of pocket! Of course, there is going to be a small grace time period for the amount of time that you may have to update your driving licence information, but this is not going to be too much time, therefore we do suggest that the instant you know that an item is going to change with your circumstances, you give the DVLA a telephone call on 0843 133 7178. At least you are able to say that you have that taken care of and it doesn't need to be done ever again.