I Forgot to Change My Address on V5C Log Book

Find Out What You Need to Do if You Forget to Change Your V5C Address

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What Happens if You Forget to Update Your V5C Log Book Address?

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You MUST inform the DVLA any time your registered address changes. It is the law for all cars, lorries, and motorcycles registered in the United Kingdom to have the correct address on file. So, if you forget to change your address on your V5C log book, there will likely be serious implications – including a £1,000 fine.

To change your V5C log book address, you can either send an updated V5C to the DVLA, or you can use SlothMove’s hassle-free online change of address service. If you opt for the latter, all you need to do is provide us with some extra details, such as your moving date and new address, and we’ll do the rest of the work for you.

We’ll get in touch with the DVLA and notify them that you’re changing address, so they need to update your V5C details, along with your driving licence and Direct Debit.

In this guide, we’ll help you understand what you need to do to update your V5C address and how to avoid a £1,000 fine from the DVLA.


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What is a V5C Log Book?

Your V5C form, also known as a vehicle log book, is proof that you are the registered keeper of the stated vehicle. This only means that you are responsible for registering and taxing the vehicle – not that you necessarily legally own the car.

The V5C form evidences that the vehicle is registered with the DVLA and contains all the essential information about your car, such as the name and address of the registered keeper, the date it was first registered, the number of previous registered keepers, the cars make and model, the colour and the engine size.

If any of these details are accurate, it could lead to a number of problems further down the line, especially if you get stopped by the police for speeding, or any other reason. And, doing so could save you a whole lot of money by dodging a serious fine from the DVLA for forgetting to update your V5C and other motorist details.

Is it Illegal Not to Change Address on V5C?

Yes, it is illegal not to change your V5C address when you move home. In the UK, it is law for all cars, lorries and motorcycles to have the correct details registered, including address.

As a result, if you do forget to change your V5C log book address, there will likely be devastating consequences – one of which is a hefty £1,000 fine.

Besides it being against the law, forgetting to change your address on your V5C log book will mean that you no longer receive the DVLA tax reminder form V11 or a vehicle tax refund.

Can I Change My V5C Address Online?

Yes, you can change your V5C address online. Previously, you had to complete your V5C change of address by writing your new address on your log book and posting it to the DVLA.

But, this is 2022, and now all this changing address malarkey can be done online with just a few clicks! Using SlothMove’s award-winning change of address service, you can update your vehicle log book address in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is let us know a few extra details about your house move and let us do the rest for you.

And, what makes it even better is, you can update all your other addresses at the same time – whether it’s the DWP, the NHS, your bank or your utility providers.

Alternatively, if you only want to change your V5C address, and no others, you can do so by visiting the DVLA website. Here, you’ll need to enter your vehicle registration number, log book (V5C) document reference number and the current postcode showing on your V5C. Then, enter your new address and your details will update in real time!

So, now there’s no excuse for forgetting to change your DVLA address when it’s so quick and easy to do.

Can I Change My V5C Address Online?

If your original log book has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed by you or your insurance company, you will need to get a new one. If you don’t need to change your V5C address, you can get a duplicate log book online. Then, your new log book will be posted to the address that the DVLA has on record. 

However, if you can’t find your V5C and need to update your address, there is a specific form you’ll need to fill in. To get a new vehicle log book, follow the steps below: 

  1. Download the ‘Form V62: Application for Vehicle Registration Certificate’ online at GOV.UK
  2. Fill in the application form with the relevant information, including your new address
  3. Send it to the DVLA with a postal order or a cheque to the value of £25
  4. Make the postal order or cheque payable to ‘DVLA, Swansea’. 

The process for replacing a lost V5C log book can take up to six weeks to complete. If you don’t receive your updated log book within this time, you should contact the DVLA through the GOV.UK website. 

Did You Forget to Change Your V5C Address?

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If you moved house and forgot to change the address on your V5C log book, don’t worry – just make sure you do it now!

You can use SlothMove’s online home set-up platform to update your V5C address, and all your other addresses too!

To see who else you need to notify of your house move, go take a look at our complete change of address checklist.

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