Can I be fined if I do not update the address on my provisional licence?

LEARNER drivers are being warned they could be unwittingly breaking the law by not updating their provisional driving licence.

It comes as a many soon to be drivers have been left waiting to take their theory and driving tests amid a backlog caused by coronavirus lockdowns.  

Can I be fined if I do not update the address on my provisional licence?

A fine of up to £1,000 may be enforced if it's flagged up when you're stopped by traffic cops while learning to drive.

Previous estimates by Direct Line suggest as many as seven per cent of all driving licences have incorrect information including wrong addresses on them, while three per cent of women are still using maiden names.

If all these cases were enforced, it'd rake in a near £3billion windfall for the courts.

You can still drive while you’re waiting for your new provisional licence – which must be renewed every 10 years.

How do I change the address on my provisional licence?

In order to keep your driving licence, vehicle log book and tax up-to-date, you must register any changes of address to the DVLA.

This not only includes permanent addresses, but also if you're moving temporarily to university.

Likewise, if you get married or you take another name, it's important you let the DVLA know, in order to avoid a hefty fine.

You can do so by filling out a short online application form. It doesn't cost anything to amend your address.

Is it free to change the address on my provisional licence?

It does not cost anything to change your address online.

In 2020, Anthony Bamford, DVLA Service Manager suggested that it is important both documents are updated when motorists move home – adding that the process can be completed online in just five minutes.

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.

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