How To Change The Address On Your Driving Licence

Change the address on either:

  • your full driving licence
  • your provisional driving licence

It does not cost anything to change your address with DVLA.

You can still drive while you’re waiting for your new licence.

If you want to change your name at the same time, you’ll have to apply by post.

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Before you start

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA when your address changes.

You need:

  • your driving licence
  • to be a resident of Great Britain – there’s a different process in Northern Ireland
  • to give the addresses you’ve lived at in the last 3 years
  • to not be banned from driving

Provide your driving licence number, National Insurance number and passport number if you know them.

You must also change the address on your vehicle log book and vehicle tax Direct Debit (if that’s how you pay).

If you want to change your photo at the same time

If your licence is valid for at least 2 more years, you’ll have to renew it to change your photo.

If it’s valid for less than 2 years, you can change your photo when you update your address.

You can either:

  • choose to use the same photo as your passport
  • send a recent passport-style photo – you’ll get a letter telling you how to send it after you’ve used the online service

It costs £14. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card. There’s no fee if you’re over 70 or have a medical short period licence.

If you’re moving abroad

You cannot register your new address on your British driving licence. Contact the driving licence authority in your new country of residence.

What happens next

You’ll get a confirmation email from DVLA after you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.

Your updated licence should arrive within one week if you apply online. Contact DVLA if it has not arrived after 3 weeks.

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