August 29, 2017

Your Licence – Your Responsibility

Drivers’ Responsible For Updating Driving Licence Details

Moving house is stressful enough, but forgetting to update your driving licence details as a result could prove more stressful still, with fines of up to £1,000 for drivers who forget to advise the DVLA of their new home address.

Updating licence information with details such as a new address can be carried out simply online via the website at

It doesn’t cost anything to change your address with the DVLA and you can still drive while you’re waiting for your new licence to arrive.

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At the same time, advising your employer of your new address is essential to comply with employment and HR guidelines. If you drive a leased company vehicle, the leasing company will also need to know your new contact details as it may need to contact you about vehicle maintenance, speeding/parking fines, manufacturer recalls etc. With regards to fines, prompt redirection is important because you may be able to settle early and limit your financial exposure.

In addition to keeping the licence address details up to date, drivers must also ensure their photo on the licence is up to date – or risk another fine.

Your licence provides a date, under category 4b, by when your photo must be updated. According to some estimates, as many as 2.2m photo licences may currently be out of date.

Anyone stopped by police with an out of date photo could also face a fine of up to £1,000.

Updating a driving licence with a change of address is just one of a host of regulatory, compliance and operational issues that company car drivers need to be aware of.

To help drivers identify and comply with some of these key issues, CLM has produced a very useful guide to drivers’ responsibilities.

This examines topics such as at licence checking, mileage reporting, vehicle condition checks, mobile phone policy, driving code of conduct, travelling abroad, and drink and drug driving policy.

It also tackles collision reporting, eyesight policy, driver fatigue, speeding and parking offences and vehicle security.

If you would like more details regarding drivers’ responsibilities, please click here to download a free copy of the guide, or email us via