Driving licence shock: Not updating this key detail could see drivers hit with £1,000 fine

Driving licence shock: Not updating this key detail could see drivers hit with £1,000 fine

The DVLA has issued a critical warning to motorists as more and more drivers could look to move home over the next 30 days. August has always been one of the most popular times for moving home with this year set to keep up the trend as pent up demand and lockdown savings are spent on dream homes.

However, with the stresses of moving into a new home, many drivers may accidentally forget to update their details which can lead to major consequences.

Drivers are warned they must change their address on their vehicle logbook and with their vehicle tax registration as well.

This is important so that any fines and penalties you incur on the road can be sent to your correct address.

Car insurance policies are also partly calculated on where you live so failing to update an agreement may see drivers miss out on savings.

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They say the new online service has sped up the process with drivers receiving a new log book in just five working days compared to six weeks under the old system.

Anthony Bamford, DVLA Service Manager says it is important both documents are updated when motorists move home.

He said: “Our online services will always be the quickest way to keep your address up to date with us, which helps make sure you don’t miss important correspondence once you’ve moved house.

“Millions of drivers change the address on their driving licence this way, and you can now update your vehicle’s logbook online too. It’s important to remember to update both when you move – and it’s quick and easy on GOV.UK”.

Furthermore, the DVLA says drivers do not need to update their details if they are moving away temporarily as long as they can still be contacted at their permanent address.

This will save a lot of hassle for the thousands of university students who are set to leave their homes over the coming weeks and months.

Adrian Camp, Managing Director of house moving experts Home Move Box said updating details was “quick and easy” and would save drivers “time and stress in the long run”.

He said: “August has always been one of the most popular months to move home, and with lockdown giving people the time to reassess their living arrangements, now could be the time when they’re looking to make their next move.
 

“This may seem daunting, with so much to organise, but updating the address on your logbook and driving licence is quick and easy to do, and it could save you a lot of time and stress in the long run. It’s free to do this online at GOV.UK and takes just a few minutes.”

Published at Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:19:29 +0000