7 changes drivers must report to DVLA or face penalties

Close up of a United Kingdom driving licence.

Drivers face fines and licence point penalties if they fail to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) of seven changes. Drivers may even be prosecuted if they get into an accident after failing to declare pertinent changes.

The repercussions of not declaring essential facts as the registered car keeper have been described by experts at EasyQuote. Any major updates, like common medical conditions and address or name changes, must be reported to the DVLA. Drivers who violate the law face harsh fines, which may cost them up to £1,000 and result in six points being added to their licence.

Furthermore, your coverage may become void if you neglect to supply your insurance company with the updated data, according to Chronicle Live.

Disclose driver details or face penalties

If the owner of a vehicle involved in an incident is not identified by the DVLA as the driver at the time of the offence, they may be charged with failing to give driver details. Six licence points and a possible fine of up to £1000 are the consequences for this infraction.

Notification of eyesight changes

It is required of drivers to notify the DVLA if their vision deteriorates or if they have visual impairments like glaucoma or cataracts. Drivers must be able to read a licence plate from 20 metres away, and while wearing glasses or contact lenses while driving is permitted, they must be worn at all times.

Unfortunately, if you are caught driving while not meeting the minimum vision standards, you might be fined up to £1,000 and have three penalty points added to your licence. Furthermore, if a driver with poor vision is judged a hazard on the road, the authorities have the right to instantly cancel their licence.

Disclosure of medical conditions is crucial

Drivers involved in accidents run the danger of prosecution and might face a fine of up to £1,000 for failing to disclose a medical condition. Some drivers may not be fully aware of the extensive list of over 110 conditions that the DVLA maintains and could impair their ability to drive.

Among the diseases mentioned on the DVLA website that are frequently required to be disclosed include diabetes, vertigo, and sleep apnea. If drivers fail to fulfil the required driving standards, they may be required by the DVLA to forfeit their licence in extreme circumstances.

Reporting name or gender changes

Drivers risk a £1,000 charge if they don’t notify the DVLA of a legal name or gender change. Despite the fact that notifying the DVLA is a free service, it is imperative that newlyweds comprehend that failing to do so is illicit.

In order to comply with legal requirements, drivers must return their previous driver’s licence and all necessary supporting documentation, making sure that their licence and car registration are current.

Declaring a vehicle off-road with SORN

Unless the owner registers for a Statutory Off-Road Notice (SORN) when a car isn’t being utilised, all cars need to be insured and taxed. To avoid paying more tax, you must declare your car as SORN if you intend to leave it off the road for an extended period of time.

A car that has been declared SORN is no longer usable and must be maintained on private property, such as a driveway or garage; it is illegal to leave a SORN vehicle on a public road. Owners of SORN vehicles risk prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500 if they drive the vehicle for any purpose other than attending a scheduled MOT or testing appointment.

Vehicle modifications

When a vehicle has a major modification, the driver must notify the DVLA, update their V5C registration, and provide the required documentation. Any changes that need to be recorded include body shell or chassis modifications, exhaust system or number plate changes, or vehicle wrapping in a different colour.

After these modifications, the DVLA may ask for an inspection of the car to confirm that it is still roadworthy. It might not be allowed to be driven on public roads until the required repairs are made if testing is required and the vehicle fails.

In addition, owners who make alterations that don’t comply with regulations may be subject to fines or possibly a summons to court.

Updating address changes

Drivers must notify the DVLA of any temporary or permanent address changes in order to guarantee that the owner of the car receives any communications. It is required that the driver’s licence and car logbook be up to date, and it is handy to update one’s address online.

If the owner of the car does not notify the DVLA of a change of address, they risk a fine of up to £1,000.

4 thoughts on “7 changes drivers must report to DVLA or face penalties”


    What if a student learning to drive does not declare medical problem like signs of schizophrenia, as I told my student she needed to declare that and she said she did please help me, I am a fully qualified ADI

  2. Rabena Karim

    I need to contact the correct department to report a student who harms herself and on one lesson disclosed to me she suffers from schizophrenia like symptoms which I didn’t not know by checking her licence, I asked her if she declared that on her licence and if she was approved for driving her response was very confusing and she decided not to continue lessons with me, I don’t believe she is safe to drive but who do I contact to get her help before she puts herself or someone else in danger whilst driving? As I believe she is not well

  3. William Harling

    so if you have glaucoma but can read a number plate at 20 meters do you still have to report it .Or as you meet the standard you just carry on!

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