If you’ve changed address recently and are a UK driver, you need to update the address on your driving licence to avoid a hefty DVLA fine. Failing to do so may cost you £1,000.

Why do I need to renew my licence if I’ve changed address?

If you’re a UK driver in possession of either a provisional or full driving licence and you’ve recently changed address even temporarily, you need to update the DVLA and change the address on your licence. Failure to do so may incur a fine of £1,000. Unlike renewing your licence, changing the address listed is free of charge.

The DVLA requires licences to list accurate, up-to-date residential information in case of accidents.

You must also update the address in your vehicle logbook (V5C) and update the vehicle tax Direct Debit.

If you’re a student, provided that your driving licence lists a permanent home address at which you remain reachable, you do not need to update the address on it.

How often should I renew my licence?

Legally, drivers have to renew their licences every decade, so that the image displayed matches their likeness. Failure to do so can result in a £1,000 fine from the DVLA.

However, drivers should also renew their licence every time they change address in order to avoid the same fine.

Licences can be renewed via gov.uk, where the five-day application process will cost a total of £14. Changing the address on a licence is free of charge.

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