DVLA must be informed immediately of any changes to name or address, or both. Changes can be made to your driving licence online or by post. The service is free unless you want to update the photograph on the licence.
Changing the address on your driving licence can be done online. If you'd like to change your name or your name and address together, then you have to amend the licence by post by sending it to DVLA.
To change your address, complete the relevant section of the paper counterpart licence. Send the photocard and the paper licence to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BN.
If you only want to change your name then complete DVLA's D1 application for a driving licence. You can also pick this up from a local Post Office.
You must include original forms of identification confirming your new name, along with your photo card licence and its paper counterpart.
A photo can be renewed by you at any time. You may have also noticed that the photo on the photocard licence has an expiry date. You must renew your photo before it expires. The date of expiry is shown on the front of the licence.
You can learn more about renewing the photo on your licence and apply online via DVLA's website.
If you'd like to change your name, or both your name and address, then complete a D1 application for a driving licence form. You can also get the D1 from a Post Office branch.
You should always use original documents to confirm your identity (not a photocopies). Remember to include a passport sized photograph with your driving licence.
Return your form to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BN.
Telling DVLA your details have changed will ensure your record is up to date and all future driving licence reminders are sent to your correct address.
If any part of your licence has been lost or stolen then you'll need to replace your driving licence, ensuring you notify DVLA of any changes if any apply.
Expect your new licence within three weeks of DVLA receiving your application. If DVLA need to check any of the details of your application then it will take longer. After three weeks you can contact DVLA in connection with the licence.
You may drive without a physical licence in your possession so long as you're not disqualified from driving, or been refused a licence for medical reasons (and wouldn't be refused a licence for medical reasons).
Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011
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