Guide to Updating Driving Licence Details

It is an offence to fail, without a reasonable excuse, to update the DVLA/your driving licence immediately if your name and/or address changes. You must update the licence by submitting it to the DVLA for amendment or (for address only) by applying to amend the information online.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for the offence of failing to update a driving licence?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for the offence of failing to update details on a driving licence.


Fine up to £1,000.00. In addition, where you do not receive any statutory notices sent to you (such as a Notice of Intended Prosecution) you will not be entitled to rely on non-service as a Defence to any further prosecution.


Any Defence in this area turns on whether you had a reasonable explanation as to why you did not update your licence. It is also likely that you will be facing other charges, as the authorities only check the information when a possible prosecution arises. If you face an allegation of a driving licence related offence, we advise you contact us to take specialist legal advice.

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