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    • bikeman17
    • By bikeman17 11th May 18, 9:20 PM
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    Driving license/V5c address change required?
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    • 11th May 18, 9:20 PM
    Driving license/V5c address change required? 11th May 18 at 9:20 PM
    Hello

    Need some advice.

    I will be moving home in the next month or so.
    I will be leaving my parents home and moving into a flat. I will still be visiting my parents every month and be staying over at some weekends.

    I read on the threads here that I need to update my driving licence as I moved to a new address, however my parents address will still be a contactable address for me.

    My question is do I need to notify DVLA of the change of my address?
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    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 11th May 18, 10:01 PM
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    • 11th May 18, 10:01 PM
    No. But it may be useful to change the licence as it's handy for proof of ID with address.
    • spiro
    • By spiro 12th May 18, 8:54 AM
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    • 12th May 18, 8:54 AM
    This is a direct quote from DVLA:

    You must tell!DVLA!when your address changes so your driving licence, vehicle log book (V5C) and vehicle tax are up to date.

    This includes if youíre temporarily moving home (if youíre going to university, for example).

    It doesnít cost anything to change your address with!DVLA.

    It makes no mention of you only needing to change it if you can't still be contacted via your old address. Looks like a grey area to me especially given the comment about university when students are only there about 9 months a year.
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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 12th May 18, 11:35 AM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:35 AM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:35 AM
    Yes you need to notify them and even if you didn't you want to be doing so anyway because otherwise you could get a penalty notice sent to your parents address and not find out until too late to reply and take the less serious fixed penalty instead of going to court.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 12th May 18, 11:40 AM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:40 AM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:40 AM
    There!!!8217;s no need to tell them if you are still contactable at your parents.
    • spiro
    • By spiro 12th May 18, 12:08 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 12:08 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 12:08 PM
    There!!!8217;s no need to tell them if you are still contactable at your parents.
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....
    So how does that fit with you needing to tell them if you are away at Uni?
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    • Rover Driver
    • By Rover Driver 12th May 18, 12:36 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 12:36 PM
    So how does that fit with you needing to tell them if you are away at Uni?
    Originally posted by spiro

    From the DVLA's leaflet Ins57P - Information on Driving Licences - 'The address must be one in Great Britain where we can contact you at any time'
    Which could include a parents address.
    • Rover Driver
    • By Rover Driver 12th May 18, 12:42 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 12:42 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 12:42 PM
    This is a direct quote from DVLA:

    You must tell!DVLA!when your address changes so your driving licence, vehicle log book (V5C) and vehicle tax are up to date.

    This includes if youíre temporarily moving home (if youíre going to university, for example).
    Originally posted by spiro


    That quote is from the gov.uk website, which only gives general advice, not always that accurate, and should never be relied on without reference to the relevant authority.
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 12th May 18, 12:56 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 12:56 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 12:56 PM
    From the DVLA's leaflet Ins57P - Information on Driving Licences - 'The address must be one in Great Britain where we can contact you at any time'
    Which could include a parents address.
    Originally posted by Rover Driver
    https://www.gov.uk/change-address-driving-licence

    Before you start
    You can be fined up to £1,000 if you donít tell DVLA when your address changes.
    Plus, OP will have to tell his insurers anyway.
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    • Rover Driver
    • By Rover Driver 12th May 18, 1:01 PM
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    That is another inaccurate quote from the gov.uk website.
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 12th May 18, 2:48 PM
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    That is another inaccurate quote from the gov.uk website.
    Originally posted by Rover Driver
    No its not.

    From the road traffic act:
    (4)Where the name or address of the licence holder as specified in a licence ceases to be correct, its holder must forthwith surrender the licence F73... to the Secretary of State F74... .

    (5)A person who [F75without reasonable cause]fails to comply with the duty under subsection [F76(2A),][F75(3) [F77, (3ZA)] or](4) above is guilty of an offence.
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    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 12th May 18, 3:00 PM
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    No its not.

    From the road traffic act:
    Originally posted by unholyangel
    But it doesnít say home address.

    Our travelling community donít have one.
    • Rover Driver
    • By Rover Driver 12th May 18, 3:15 PM
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    No its not.
    Originally posted by unholyangel


    If it is an address that is one in Great Britain where the DVLA can contact you at any time, it will be correct and comply with the Road Traffic Act
    • TooManyPoints
    • By TooManyPoints 12th May 18, 4:00 PM
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    For heaven's sake!

    Just change the address on both your licence and V5C ("Log Book"). It costs nothing, you can do both online and it will probably take you less time than you've spent reading these answers!

    You have to do them separately as there is no tie-up between your driving licence and the vehicle registration on the DVLA database.Since you will be at your new flat far more than at your parents' place it makes sense in case you get any tickets. There's considerable grief to be had if you miss one and do not respond to it.

    All this malarky about going to University is smoke and mirrors because (1) you have not mentioned University and (2) it was only cited as an example on the Gov website anyway.

    Just get on and do it. You know it makes sense
    • Svein Forkbeard
    • By Svein Forkbeard 12th May 18, 4:08 PM
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    I didn't change my address for over 20 years after I moved out.

    OP if you are young you will probably be hoping here there and everywhere I wouldn't get too excited about changing my licence. I would change the V5c.
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 12th May 18, 4:18 PM
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    But it doesnít say home address.

    Our travelling community donít have one.
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....
    If it is an address that is one in Great Britain where the DVLA can contact you at any time, it will be correct and comply with the Road Traffic Act
    Originally posted by Rover Driver
    In legislation, unless something is specifically defined by the statutory instrument, its taken on its dictionary/every day meaning.

    Address does not mean any address you can be contacted. Address means "the place where someone lives or an organisation is situated".

    Otherwise, there would never be an offence committed by the section I quoted and people could use any address they wished!

    If you want to disagree, then at least show me the same courtesy I did you and provide something other than your say so to support your opinion.
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    • Rover Driver
    • By Rover Driver 12th May 18, 4:43 PM
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    Address does not mean any address you can be contacted. Address means "the place where someone lives or an organisation is situated".

    If you want to disagree, then at least show me the same courtesy I did you and provide something other than your say so to support your opinion.
    Originally posted by unholyangel

    For driving licence purposes, from the DVLA's leaflet Ins57P - Information on Driving Licences - 'The address must be one in Great Britain where we can contact you at any time', so not necessarily where someone actually lives.
    As long the address is one where the licence holder can be contacted, it would comply with that Road Traffic Act requirement.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 12th May 18, 5:31 PM
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    In legislation, unless something is specifically defined by the statutory instrument, its taken on its dictionary/every day meaning.

    Address does not mean any address you can be contacted. Address means "the place where someone lives or an organisation is situated".

    Otherwise, there would never be an offence committed by the section I quoted and people could use any address they wished!

    If you want to disagree, then at least show me the same courtesy I did you and provide something other than your say so to support your opinion.
    Originally posted by unholyangel

    So somewhere a person lives, works and where letters can be sent.

    Cambridge English Dictionsry.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 12th May 18, 5:37 PM
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    If it is an address that is one in Great Britain where the DVLA can contact you at any time, it will be correct and comply with the Road Traffic Act
    Originally posted by Rover Driver
    What does the Road Traffic Act have to do with it?
    • Rover Driver
    • By Rover Driver 12th May 18, 5:44 PM
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    What does the Road Traffic Act have to do with it?
    Originally posted by Car 54


    If the holders name or address are not correct, it is an offence - s.99 (5), Road Traffic Act 1988.
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