Change Vehicle Log Book [V5C] Online

You can now update your log book online

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In 2019 the DVLA received just under 1.5 million paper applications to update addresses.

That’s a lot of envelopes.

The new online journey will reduce the amount of time its takes to get your log book from 6 weeks to just 5 working days.

As you may expect, with paper applications the DVLA is experiencing “significant” delays in processing applications.

But the wait for new applications is about to get a lot shorter.


What do I need to update my logbook?

To update your logbook you will need the following:

  • o Vehicle Registration Number
  • o Logbook Document Reference Number
  • o Your Postcode

And that’s it. You can get started with updating the DVLA with our home setup service. With this service you will be able to setup council tax, water, energy, TV licencing and update your address across your accounts (Boots, Tesco HMRC etc..).

You can update both your V5C and your driving licence using SlothMove’s award-winning change of address service.

You can also venture through the DVLA form here or give them a call to update. The SlothMove journey only takes 3 minutes to complete.

Of course, these are new changes. The public have been well aware of the pain and what has become the ‘administrative nightmare’ known as updating the DVLA.

DVLA Chief Executive (Julie Lennard): “We’re launching this service at a time when online services are becoming even more vital to help people get back on the road. This new online service is quicker and easier than sending your log book to DVLA so if you’ve just moved home try the service and see how simple it is”

Can I update my logbook online?

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Absolutely, you can now update your logbook (V5C) online within a just a few minutes. You will need your vehicle registration number, logbook document reference number and postcode. You can get started here with our home setup service.

Why has the DVLA now made it possible to update your log book online?

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The DVLA has launched a campaign to try and drive people through online channels and reduce the amount of ‘paper work’ they get.

Think about it.

Imagine having to process 1.5 million paper applications.

For the UK taxpayer this is welcomed news. The more efficient the DVLA gets, the better for all of us.

Unsurprisingly, 97% of DVLA’s online users would recommend the online service. 

Now we know how to update your logbook online, let’s turn everything else you need to know.

When is the service available?

The existing vehicle management system which enables motorists to tell the DVLA they have sold their vehicle is available from 7AM – 7PM every day. This new service to update your logbook will be available during the same hours, making it accessible to working famalies.


Are there any restrictions?

The DVLA has said that you cannot use this new online service if you have already sent your logbook into them via the post.

Additionally, you won’t be able to use this service if you have sold or transferred your vehicle or if you have lost your log book. 

If you need to change your name in addition to youu address, motorists are advised to send their application via the post.

What happens if I don’t update my logbook (v5c)?

If you have changed address and not updated your logbook you are eligible to be fined up to £1,000. You must inform the DVLA when they are changes to your address, not just when you sell your car.

The launch of the DVLA’s new online service for updating your log book means less of an excuse for not updating it. Whether this means that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will be stricter in enforcing the fines is yet to be seen. However, we do know that the UK debt has outstripped its GDP owing to measures to combat the economical effects of the Corona virus. The UK Government will need to recoop some capital from the economy and tougher enforcement measures may be a vehicle to enforce it.

If you have an incorrect address with the DVLA and get fined (let’s say), your fine will go to your old address. This means that motorists could unpaid fines or expired insurance not even realise it.

Here’s how to check if you have points on your licence.

Update DVLA Online

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About you

Enter your previous address, new address and the date you moved home

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Home Setup

Setup your council, water, energy & update DVLA, HMRC etc..

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Make sure your logbook is up to date

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As we’ve seen, keeping the DVLA informed and up-to-date with your details is important. And with this new process, you now know how to update your vehicle logbook online in a few minutes. If you have yet to do so, make it a priority to complete it earlier rather than later to avoid the chance of a fine.

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