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nigelbb
post Mon, 6 Jul 2020 - 09:48
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It used to be the case that the address on your driving licence was just a convenient address where you could be contacted eg in this DVLA leaflet it clearly states "The address must be one in GB where we can contact you at any time (we do not accept PO box addresses).” They do incidentally accept BFPO addresses. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/go...ng-licences.pdf

However the latest online application states that you will need to provide:

-an identity document unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
-addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
-your National Insurance number if you know it

I have also heard of an insurance company insisting that the address on the driving licence match the address on the V5C which matches the applicant's address.

Has there been some new law introduced facilitating the driving licence morphing into a de facto ID card?


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post Fri, 31 Jul 2020 - 07:50
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QUOTE (666 @ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 - 23:28) *
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Just returning to my original question. It used to be the case that the address on your driving licence was just a convenient address where you could be contacted. Is this still the case or does the address on your driving licence have to be where you actually live? The DVLA seem to make big deal about changing the address on your driving licence with threats of £1000 if you don't.

AFAIK it always used to be acceptable to keep you parent's address on your driving licence when you went to college but I have even seen references that you should change addresses between term time & vacation.

I'm sorry none of us appear to have answered your question!

Nothing has changed. The idea of changing address back and forth between college and home is frankly daft.

The £1,000 fine (and that's a maximum) would only ever realistically come into play if you hadn't changed the address and could no longer be contacted. In real life, I've never heard of anyone being prosecuted, and I suspect no-one else on here has either.

Thanks for confirming that.

Has anyone a link to where this written down somewhere? I have trawled through the Road Traffic Act 1988 & can only find a reference to a requirement to be legally resident in the UK when applying for a licence. Presumably if there is a £1000 fine for not updating the address on your driving licence there must be some legal definition of what is an acceptable address to have on your driving licence.

You didn't trawl far enough!

Section 99(4) says "Where the name or address of the licence holder as specified in a licence ceases to be correct, its holder must forthwith surrender the licence to the Secretary of State ", and 99(5) says "A person who without reasonable cause fails to comply with the duty under subsection (4) above is guilty of an offence."

Since "correct" is not defined, it would be for a court to decide.

Thanks for looking. I only got as far as Section 97A smile.gif

It looks to me as though the definition of what constitutes a "correct" address is down to interpretation by the DVLA. In the leaflet that I linked to in the OP they say

"The address must be one in GB where we can contact you at any time".

I found a FOI response that states:-

"It may help if I explain that section 97 of the Road Traffic Act (RTA)
1988 provides that the Secretary of State (in practice DVLA) must grant a
licence to a person who makes an application for it in such a manner and
containing such particulars as the Secretary of State may specify. The
Agency requires drivers to provide either their permanent residential
address or a postal address where they can be easily contacted. This is
particularly important in circumstances where either the police or courts
may need to make contact with a driver.



The DVLA cannot change an address to ‘no fixed abode’. To proceed with an
application you will either need to provide a permanent residential
address or alternatively a postal address where you can be contacted.
This could include the address where you work or a family member or
friend’s address where you have regular contact."

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/driv...with_no_address

This post has been edited by nigelbb: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 - 07:51


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British Parking Association Ltd Code of Practice(Appendix C contains Schedule 4 of POFA 2012 ) & can be found here http://www.britishparking.co.uk/Code-of-Pr...ance-monitoring
DfT Guidance on Section 56 and Schedule 4 of POFA 2012 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/syste...ing-charges.pdf
Damning OFT advice on levels of parking charges that was ignored by the BPA Ltd Reference Request Number: IAT/FOIA/135010 – 12 October 2012
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post Fri, 31 Jul 2020 - 08:02
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Ultimately it would be for the courts to decide, not DVLA, but that guidance would certainly be 'persuasive' i'd suggest.


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QUOTE (The Rookie @ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 - 09:02) *
but that guidance would certainly be 'persuasive' i'd suggest.

Particularly if the RTA grants the Secretary of State the power to define the particulars and their form, and they've delegated that to DVLA to produce their "guidance".


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QUOTE (Fredd @ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 - 14:53) *
QUOTE (The Rookie @ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 - 09:02) *
but that guidance would certainly be 'persuasive' i'd suggest.

Particularly if the RTA grants the Secretary of State the power to define the particulars and their form, and they've delegated that to DVLA to produce their "guidance".

DVLA does not exercise a delegated power.


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