Change the address on your driving licence with DVLA online for free. Apply using your Government Gateway ID. If you don’t have one, or need to re-register, you’ll get an ID as part of your application.
You must also update your V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) if your vehicle will be kept at your new address.
You can drive while waiting for your new licence.
You don’t need the paper counterpart of your licence anymore.
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You’ll need to:
- have your driving licence
- be a resident of Great Britain - there’s a different process in Northern Ireland
- provide addresses of where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
- have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
- have your National Insurance number if known
- not be disqualified from driving
If you need to change your name at the same time, you’ll have to apply by post.
Your updated licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.
If you’re moving abroad, you can’t register your new address on your British driving licence. Contact the driving licence authority in your new country of residence.
DVLA will send you a confirmation email once you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.
You can also change the address on your licence by post. The process is different depending on whether you have a photocard or paper driving licence.
Postal applications take up to 3 weeks.
Photocard driving licence
Complete the ‘changes’ section on letter D741 that came with your licence.
Then send both your photocard driving licence and the letter to DVLA.
If you don’t have your D741, order a licence application form to update your address. Use form D1 for cars or motorbikes, or D2 for lorries and buses.
Paper driving licence
Send the following to DVLA:
- a completed form D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ for car and motorbike licences, or a completed form D2 ‘Application for a lorry/bus licence’ for lorry and bus licences
- your driving licence
- original documents confirming your identity
- a passport photograph