You can replace your address using the web based system the DVLA have available.
However, typically it will make your life easier by using the dedicated phone number for DVLA change of address. This way you can be sure that your request was processed accurately. In addition, you will be able to ask any questions you will likely have about your driving licence. Basically contact details, things will probably be a little easier for you once you speak to a real person. It cuts down on much of the confusion.
Why you should Update Your Address
Whenever you update your address with the DVLA, there will be alterations made to the following:
• The address on your driving licence.
• Your vehicle logbook address (V5C) will be updated
• There will be a new billing address for all payments you need to make to the DVLA.
It is important that all this information is kept up to date. It ensures that any communication associated with your licence is sent to the correct address. As an example; should you be unlucky enough to be caught by a speed camera, you need to know so that you can be able to pay off your fine or contest the charge. By changing your address, you will also be able to make sure that any notices 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 may mean having to pay huge penalties and fees!
You will also need to ensure your vehicle is registered to the right address for insurance purposes.
It is important to note that should you not advise the DVLA once your address changes, you will be given a fine of as much as £1, 000. It will be incredibly difficult to challenge this fine, meaning that you are going to be left drastically out of pocket! Naturally, there is going to be a small grace period of time for the amount of time that you will have to update your driving licence information, but this is not going to be a lot of time, so we do suggest that the moment you know that an item will change with your circumstances, you give the DVLA a telephone call on 0843 133 7178. At least you can say that you have that dealt with and it does not need to be done again.