Change your address or name on your vehicle log book (V5C)

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 do not 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 do not update your log book.

You can also update information if it is wrong by mistake, for example if your name is spelt incorrectly.

Change the address

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.

You must also change the address on your driving licence and vehicle tax Direct Debit (if that’s how you pay).

If you’re moving to an address outside of the UK

If you’re taking a vehicle abroad with you, take the log book too.

Use the log book to register the vehicle in the country you’re moving to.

Change the name

Your log book should only have one person’s name in it.

If you have the new style log book with multi-coloured numbered blocks on the front cover, you need to:

  • write the new name in full in section 3 - do not give initials
  • send the whole log book to the DVLA address in section 3
  • include proof if you’re legally changing your name, for example a deed poll

If you have the older style log book you need to:

  • write the new name in full in section 6 - do not give initials
  • sign and send the whole log book to the DVLA address in section 8
  • include proof if you’re legally changing your name, for example a deed poll

Do not tick the ‘new keeper’ box on the older style form.

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).

Change the name and address at the same time

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 do not need to include proof if your name:

  • changed because you got married or divorced
  • was spelt wrongly in the log book by mistake

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

  1. Download and fill in an application for a log book (V62).

  2. Send it to DVLA with a cheque or postal order for £25 made payable to ‘DVLA, Swansea’. Damaged or altered cheques will not be accepted.

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1DD

It can take up to 6 weeks to get the new log book.

You must have a UK address to apply for a replacement log book. If you’re moving abroad apply before you take your vehicle out of the UK.

If your new log book does not arrive

Contact DVLA if the new log book has not arrived after 6 weeks.

  1. Step 1 Update your driving licence

    You must update your provisional or full driving licence when you move.

    1. Change the address on your driving licence
  2. Step 2 Update your vehicle's log book (V5C)

    You must update a vehicle's log book if you're the registered keeper.

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  3. Step 3 Update your Direct Debit

    If you pay for your vehicle tax by Direct Debit, you need to tell DVLA when you change address.

    1. Phone DVLA to tell them you've moved
  4. Step 4 Update your personalised number plate documents

    If you have a private registration number and it's not on a vehicle, you must update your V750 or V778 documents.

    1. Update your personalised registration documents