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Change of address only
  • Complete your new address details on section six of your registration certificate:
    • enter your address Post Office box addresses can only be used for companies and corporate bodies
    • sign and date the declaration box in section eight
    • send the whole registration certificate to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA

Note: If your vehicle needs taxing within the next four weeks please take the registration certificate to the Post Office to tax and fill in section six.

Change of name only
  • Complete your new name on section six of your registration certificate:
    • enter your title and name - you can't register joint names eg husband and wife
    • enter your date of birth optional (not needed if registered to a business)
    • fleet number - for use by fleet operators only
    • sign and date the declaration box in section eight
    • send the whole registration certificate to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA
Change of name and address
  • Complete all the details in section six on the registration certificate as advised above.
  • If you've lost your registration certificate, you can still notify changes by applying for a replacement certificate.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Your updated identity documents
  • Your updated Residential address proof
Identity documents

You must provide original documents. DVLA wont accept photocopies or laminated certificates.

United Kingdom (UK) digital passports
  • If you hold a digital passport (the photograph and signature appear on the same page), DVLA can confirm your identity with the Identity and Passport Service. You dont have to send your passport to DVLA.
  • When applying online youll be asked to provide your nine digit passport number allowing DVLA to confirm your identity.
  • If you apply by post, using the D1 'application for a driving licence', write your nine digit passport number and your signature in the 'confirming your identity' section of the D1 form.
Other types of identification
  • DVLA also accepts the following documents as confirmation of your identity. Unlike the digital passport though, you'll need to send your identity document with your application:
    • full valid current passport
    • biometric residence permit (formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals)
    • UK certificate of naturalisation

Do not send in your passport if you need it within the next month. If this is the case you should consider delaying your licence application until you can send it with your passport to DVLA.

  • If youve reached State Pension age, you can provide originals of one of the following in your name:
    • recent (within three months) bank or building society statement showing your pension payment and National Insurance number
    • BR2102, BR2103 or BR5899 letter confirming your eligibility for the State Pension
UK birth and adoption certificates
  • UK birth and adoption certificates can also be used, however, as they are not absolute proof of identity, they must be accompanied by one of the following:
    • National Insurance card or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions containing your National Insurance number
    • photocopy of the front page of a benefits book or an original benefits claim letter
    • P45, P60 or pay slip
    • marriage certificate or divorce papers (decree nisi or absolute)
    • college or university union card or school record
  • If you don't have a birth or adoption certificate, or the one that you have doesnt show your full name or country of birth, contact your local register office.
Return of your identity documents
  • DVLA will return your licence and identity documents separately, it cannot guarantee to return your identity documents by a set date. If you would like your identity documents returned by special delivery, include a stamped self-addressed special delivery envelope with your application. Keep a note of the serial number.
  • If you do not get your identity documents back within two weeks of receiving your photocard licence, phone DVLA Customer Enquiries on 0300 790 6801.

Note: unless you contact DVLA within three months of the date you sent your application, it will be difficult to carry out the necessary investigation.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

SA99 1BA



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Processing Time[edit]

DVLA aims to deliver a registration certificate to you within four weeks of receiving your application. Allow at least six weeks for your registration certificate to arrive before contacting DVLA.

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  • You must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) immediately of any changes to your name, address or both.
  • Return your registration certificate (V5C) to DVLA for amendment.
  • A new one will be issued free of charge.
  • Telling DVLA ensures your V11 renewal reminder is sent to your correct address.
Updating other documents
  • Remember that you may need to change your name and address details on your driving licence.
  • If youve got a personalised registration retention document, youll need to return it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BW. A new one will be delivered to you within six weeks. If you fail to update it, you may not get a reminder to extend the retention period and your entitlement to the registration number could be lost.

Required Information[edit]

  • Updated Full Name
  • Date of birth
  • Updated Residential Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email Address


Need for the Document[edit]

You must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) immediately of any changes to your name, address or both. You can change your name or address on your registration certificate by following the below instructions and procedure.

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External Links[edit]

  • Directgov Change of name and address on your registration certificate
  • Identity documents and photograph criteria
  • Get a replacement registration certificate
  • Change of name and address on your driving licence
  • Moving to your new home (home and community section)



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