How to Change the Address on my Driving License in the UK? Is it Free?
If you’re about to move house, there are a lot of things to think about. But one that might get forgotten is changing the address on your driving license. Changing the address is completely free, but if you don’t do it you could find yourself landed with a £1,000 fine! SO, BE WARNED: If you come across a service that offers to do this for you for a cost, it’s most likely a scam! Instead, just follow our three easy steps below!
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Is it Completely/100% Free?
Generally, it's free to update your address, unless you want to also submit a new photograph. You can change your address by post or online. But again, Be aware that if you fail to notify the DVLA when your address changes, you could face fines of up to £1,000. Also, read about the Future of Insurance Telematics in the UK?
It costs £14 to update the photo on your Driving License:
If your driving license is valid for at least another 2 years, you can update your photo at the same time that you update your address if you want. You'll have to pay a fee of £14 to update your photo.
You can pay your fee with a major credit or debit card. When you submit your online application, you'll receive instructions on how to submit your photograph.
Change the Address Online or By Post:
You can contact the DVLA by post. If you have the modern photocard driving license, complete the Changes section of the D741 letter (or order a new one here).
Send the D741 and your photocard driving license to:
DVLA Swansea SA99 1BN
If you have the older paper driving licence, you’ll have to send the following to the same address:
A completed form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ for car and motorbike licences, or a completed form D2 ‘Application for a lorry/bus licence’ for lorry and bus licences, both of which can be obtained from the DVLA Forms website.
Your driving licence.
Some original documents confirming your identity.
A passport photo.
Doing all this will allow the DVLA to issue a new photocard driving licence as well as change your address. Read also about UK: New Insurance Rules Established for the Repair of ADAS-equipped Vehicles
Change your Driving Licence Address Online:
First of all, you’ll have to register your driving licence address change on the DVLA’s database. To do this you can complete the DVLA change of address form on the Gov.uk website. The process is nice and straightforward as long as you are prepared and have your personal details to hand. First up, you need your Government Gateway ID and password. This is what you would have used to apply for your driving licence in the first place.
The other information you’ll require include the number that’s on your driving licence, your passport number, and your National Insurance number. Don’t worry if you’re missing any of these details, as you will be given alternatives to help verify your identity.
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Receiving your New Driving License:
hen you apply online you should get your updated license within a week unless you also wanted to update your photo. You can continue to drive on your old license while you're waiting for your new one.
If you haven't gotten your new driving license within 3 weeks of the date of your application, contact the DVLA at 0300 790 6801. The phone line is open on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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