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Motorists at risk of £1,000 fine for refusing to follow DVLA driving licence rule

Motorists are at risk of being hit with a hefty £1,000 fine for failing to follow a simple driving licence rule in 2024, according to experts. 

Insurance comparison experts Easyquote warn that having the wrong address printed on a driving licence photocard could backfire. 

DVLA rules state that details must be accurate or motorists could be hit with a hefty financial penalty.

Easyquote explained: “It is essential for drivers to inform the DVLA of any address changes, temporary or permanent, to ensure that all correspondence reaches the vehicle owner. 

“Both the vehicle logbook and driving licence need to be current, and address updates can be conveniently made online. 

“Failing to notify the DVLA of an address change can result in a fine of up to £1,000 for the vehicle owner.”

Motorists can apply to change their driving licence details in just minutes online. 

A new photocard should usually arrive within one week compared to three if road users send off the new information by post. 

However, motorists can still drive their vehicles while they are waiting for a new licence to be issued. 

It doesn’t cost anything to apply for a DVLA change although motorists will need to pay if they wish to change the photo on their licence. 

This will cost road users an extra £14 but those over the age of 70 do not need to pay for this extra service.

However, it is important to note that costs for changing a photo tides to £17 for those who apply for a new licence through the post. 

GOV.UK said: “You must update your driving licence, vehicle log book (V5C), Direct Debit for vehicle tax and other details when you move home. 

“You do not need to tell us if you move temporarily (for example you’re living away at university) if we can still contact you at your permanent address.

“You can still drive while you wait for your new documents to be sent to you.”

As well as updating a driving licence, drivers also need to make sure that details are altered on a vehicle logbook (V5C).

This can be altered using an online service provided by GOV.UK between the hours of 7am and 8pm. 


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