Change your address
You must update your vehicle log book (V5C) if you change your address. It’s usually free to update it.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
You must also:
- change the address on your driving licence
- update your vehicle tax Direct Debit (if that’s how you pay)
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA when your address changes.
Who cannot use this service
You need to update your details in a different way if:
- you need to change your name and address on your log book at the same time - for example, if you moved house and changed your name
- you just need to change your name on your log book
- you have sold, transferred or bought the vehicle
You also cannot use this service if:
- you’ve already sent your log book to the DVLA
- you’ve lost your log book - you need to apply for a new log book instead
- your vehicle is registered as part of the DVLA fleet scheme
- your new address is abroad, including the channel islands (Jersey and Guernsey), Isle of Man or Ireland
Change your address online
Use this service to change the address in your log book to a new UK address.
This service is available from 7am to 8pm.
To use this service, you must be the vehicle’s ‘registered keeper’.
Before you start
- the registration number of your vehicle
- your log book reference number
- a UK address
- to check if your vehicle needs taxing in the next 4 weeks
If your vehicle needs taxing in the next 4 weeks you’ll need to tax your vehicle online using your current V5C before changing your address.
Other ways to apply
You can also apply by post to change your address. How you do this depends on which style log book you have.
If you have the new style log book with multi-coloured numbered blocks on the front cover, you need to:
- write the new address in section 3 - do not use a PO Box address
- send the whole log book to the DVLA address in section 3
If you have the older style log book you need to:
- write the new address in section 6 - do not use a PO Box address
- sign and send the whole log book to the DVLA address in section 8
Do not tick the ‘new keeper’ box or fill in your name on the older style form.
If your vehicle needs taxing in the next 4 weeks
- tax your vehicle online before sending your log book to DVLA
- take your log book to a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax, to change your details and tax your vehicle at the same time
Take your latest MOT test certificate if your vehicle has to have an MOT every year. The certificate must be valid when the vehicle tax starts.
If you’re moving to an address outside of the UK
If you’re taking your vehicle, take the log book and register the vehicle in the country you’re moving to.
If you have a trailer, you may need to register it to take it abroad.
If your new log book does not arrive
Contact DVLA if the new log book has not arrived after 4 weeks.
If you have not received your log book after 6 weeks and you have not notified DVLA, you’ll have to pay £25 to get a replacement.