Update V5C Online
In 2019 the DVLA received just under 1.5 million paper applications to update addresses.
That’s a lot of envelopes.
You can now complete your V5C change of address online in minutes. You can do this on the DVLA’s website or use SlothMove’s change of address service for a quicker journey.
If you use SlothMove, you can actually update your address across your V5C, driving license, and hundreds of other organizations (HMRC, NHS, Utilities, pensions etc…) at the same time.
The new online journey will reduce the time it takes to get your logbook from 6 weeks to just 5 working days.
As you may expect, the DVLA is experiencing “significant” delays in processing applications with paper applications.
But the wait for new applications has just gotten a lot shorter. We can now say goodbye to hours on hold, and with SlothMove you can update all DVLA services (alongside hundreds of other companies) in the same place faster and see live updates.
To complete your V5C change of address you simply need to enter your previous and new address in the pre-form above. Then, select everyone who needs to know you’re moving (V5C, driving license, HMRC, pensions etc…) and enter your details.
This will take just 3 to 5 minutes to complete and we’ll handle everything else from there. After completing, your DVLA log book will typically be delivered within just 5 working days.
Our team of update experts is on hand to answer any questions should you need them. You will also have access to a personalised update dashboard where you can see your updates in real-time 😊
V5C Change of Address
When updating your address with the DVLA you will hear log book and V5C used interchangeably. A V5C change of address is exactly the same thing as updating your log book – it’s just a shorthand form.
A lot of vehicle owners aren’t sure how to update their addresses on their V5C, but it’s quite straightforward.
If you’re using SlothMove to update your DVLA log book and other services for peace of mind and to save time you will need just three pieces of information:
If you’re completing your change of address and don’t have some of that information, don’t worry! You can progress your other updates and provide that information in your dashboard once you have it.
You can see our full guide on updating the DVLA if you need any support.
What do I need to update my logbook?
To update your logbook you will need the following:
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 set up council tax, water, energy, and TV licensing and update your address across your accounts (Boots, Tesco HMRC, etc..).
You can update both your V5C and your driving license 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?
Absolutely, you can now update your logbook (V5C) online within 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 or do this yourself for free on the DVLA’s website.
Why has the DVLA now made it possible to update your log book online?
The DVLA has launched a campaign to try and drive people through online channels and reduce the amount of ‘paperwork’ they get.
Think about it.
Imagine being the DVLA and having to process 1.5 million paper applications to complete a V5C change of address.
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. SlothMove’s mission is to make moving and home as simple and as hassle-free as possible. That’s why you can update all DVLA services (along with other institutions) in one place rather than completing multiple forms.
Now we know how to update your logbook online, let’s turn in 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 7 AM – 7 PM every day. This new service to update your logbook will be available during the same hours, making it accessible to working families.
Are there any restrictions to updating my V5C online?
The DVLA has said that you cannot use this new online service if you have already sent your logbook into them via the post. The same applies with the SlothMove change of address sercice.
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 you 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 your 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 Coronavirus. The UK Government will need to recoup 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 and not even realise it.
Remember, if you have just purchased a new vehicle you are classified as a new keeper. And you need to inform the DVLA if you have bought, or sold your car to a new registered keeper. If you’re a new keeper, you will also need to tell the DVLA about your new ownership.
Here’s how to check if you have points on your licence.
Enter your previous address, new address and the date you moved home
Setup your council, water, energy & update DVLA, HMRC etc..
Click submit and we'll take care of the rest, sharing any next steps by email
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.
If you’re updating your V5C (log book) via post, the address for you to send it to is DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA.
If you have sent it to the wrong address you can simply update your V5C online which can be completed in just a couple of minutes and is more convenient for many.
Likewise, if you’re wondering what to do if you have sent your V5C off and have made a mistake the solution is straightforward, but a little time-consuming.
If you have sent the wrong information to the DVLA you need to contact DVLA Vehicle Enquiries on 0300 790 6802.
Then, explain the situation and you will need to pay a £25 fee and they will process from there. That will include reporting it as lost and re-applying for a new one.
All of that is to say: make sure that when you’re doing your log book updates ensure you place the correct information on the form
They DVLA log book lines are open: