Student drivers are being warned about the importance of changing the address on their driving licence ahead of University
A warning has been issued to students who drive, urging them to remember the importance of changing the address on their driving licence before heading off to University.
Not updating your driving licence could land you with a hefty fine of up to £1,000.
All motorists who hold a full valid UK driving licence must by law keep their information up-to-date or risk punishment.
Yet many drivers are caught out every year for failing to inform the DVLA of changes such as a new address or a new name following marriage.
Even if your address is only temporary, you must tell the DVLA or you could be hit with a hefty fine.
Student drivers heading off for University have so much to think about, especially if it’s their first year, but forgetting to update the information on their driving licence could cost them heavily.
“Drivers are required by law to let the DVLA know if they change their name or address. The DVLA then issue a new licence for free,” said a spokesman for the DVLA, adding: “Keeping DVLA informed ensures that drivers can be notified promptly with important information affecting them such as reminders when their licence is due for renewal.”
It’s a free and easy process changing the details on your driving licence which can be done online via the DVLA website. Your new updated licence will be sent through the post within three weeks and once it arrives your old one must be cut in half and sent to the DVLA.
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