You must update your vehicle log book (V5C) if you change your address or name. It’s normally free to update it.
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA when your address changes.
Your vehicle tax reminder letter (V11) and any vehicle tax refunds will be sent to the wrong address if you don’t update your log book.
What you need to do
You must send your whole log book and any supporting documents to DVLA.
Which documents you send will depend on what information you want to change.
If you’ve changed address
Write your new address in section 6 of your log book (you can’t give a PO Box address). Don’t tick the ‘new keeper’ box or fill in your name.
You must also change the address on your driving licence and vehicle tax Direct Debit (if that’s how you pay).
If you’ve changed your name
Write your new name in full (don’t give initials or joint names) in section 6 of your log book. Don’t tick the ‘new keeper’ box.
You must also include a separate note to say you’ve changed your name.
If the vehicle’s registered keeper is a business, you must include proof of its name change (such as a certificate of incorporation from Companies House).
If you’ve changed your name and address
If you’re changing your address and name at the same time, you must include proof that your name has changed (for example a deed poll).
You don’t need to do this if your name changed because you got married or divorced.
It can take up to 6 weeks to get your new log book.
If your vehicle needs taxing in the next 4 weeks
Tax your vehicle online before sending your log book to DVLA.
At the Post Office
Take your log book to a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax. You can tax your vehicle and change your details 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.
You’ve lost your log book and need to change your address
Download and fill in an application for a log book (V62).
Send it to DVLA with a cheque or postal order for £25 made payable to ‘DVLA, Swansea’.
It can take up to 6 weeks to get the new log book.
If your new log book doesn’t arrive
Contact DVLA if the new log book hasn’t arrived after 6 weeks.