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"The DVLA say you must tell them of any house move, even if it is temporary including if you are just going away to university."


Surely that is ridiculous as long as the post will go to your parents address? Some students change address frequently so that could leave them open to missing a notification as it had gone to their old student address. Or having the application to change in the post a lot and then not having a driving licence as it was in the post. Or indeed if the DVLA messed up the application

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It is a shame that only limited details are recorded.


It is said that he had not received the Notice of Intended Prosecution or two further reminders. I am assuming that the two additional documents had been the actual summons and the Collection Order from the court. If so, the only way of challenging the fine would have been to submit a Statutory Declaration.


It would seem that he pleaded 'not guilty'. Accordingly, he would have been given a trial date and it would have been at the trial that he was found guilty (of failing to identity the driver of the vehicle). Fines for this offence are very steep and normally always carry 6 penalty points.

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DVLA Website: https://www.gov.uk/change-name-address-v5c


This is more useful from Octagon Insurance:


"There are two documents that will need to be changed with the DVLA if you move house, and they are your driving licence and your V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book). Not only are you legally obliged to make these changes as soon as is reasonably possible, but it could cause you serious problems if you don’t.


Why you need to change your address on your driving licence


You need to change the address on your driving licence as soon as possible because you will need it to be accurate if you are involved in an accident or asked to produce your documents by the police for any other reason.

You’ll also need your driver’s licence to be accurate if you want to use it as identification. This is particularly true if you need to hire a car or van. Hire companies will usually ask for your driving licence and a recent utility bill, and if the addresses do not match, they may not let you take the hire vehicle. The same is true for other forms of credit or identification verification.

Problems with your V5c vehicle registration certificate


Often the first you will know about being caught by a speed camera is when the speeding ticket arrives in the post. But if your ticket goes to the wrong address, then you will be unaware that you have been caught. While this might sound like a good thing, it could in fact be a disaster.

Speed cameras only identify the vehicle and not the driver, and the fixed penalty ticket will ask you to identify who was driving. If you do not respond to the ticket (because you did not get it at your new address), then you could end up getting a summons to court and receive extra points for non-disclosure as well as a larger fine for not paying the fixed penalty within the allotted time.

Once again, you will not receive the summons if you have not changed your address on your V5C document, and you will end up having your licence endorsed without even knowing it. You could also have your credit rating ruined if your unpaid fines are passed on to bailiffs for collection. And all of this could happen to you and your reputation without you ever knowing anything was wrong.

It’s easy to make the changes


It costs nothing to change the address on your driving licence or your V5C document. What’s more, there are lots of different ways you can do it, including conveniently online by registering with the Government Gateway scheme.

There is really no excuse for not changing your address details with the DVLA as soon as you move, and when the consequences could be so devastating, it really should be a priority for everyone."

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