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Old Apr 25th 2018, 1:42 pm
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Hi Everyone,

I expect this has been asked before but I have been unable to find it so sorry if this is a recurring query.

I hold a UK driving licence but that now has an old residential address on as I am no longer a resident there. I have searched on the DVLA website but cannot see anywhere that I can update my licence to a non-UK residential address. I am concerned that using the licence back in the UK e.g. for a car hire, I would be contravening a law by not having the correct address shown. Does anyone have a similar experience and know what I should do.

I realise I can obtain a Spanish licence, but I also wish to have the UK one in a usable & legal format.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old Apr 25th 2018, 2:09 pm
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You can't change your address to a non-UK address and you cannot renew it unless you are resident in the UK. You can continue to use it in Spain until it expires although I would suggest exchanging it for a Spanish licence before that would be easier.
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Old Apr 25th 2018, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by BritInParis
You can't change your address to a non-UK address and you cannot renew it unless you are resident in the UK. You can continue to use it in Spain until it expires although I would suggest exchanging it for a Spanish licence before that would be easier.
That about sums up what I had recently read. It was a comment from a rep at a UK rental company Europcar, that he had seen a German address on a UK licence, that had me thinking this was something I needed to do. Many thanks for your reply.
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Old Apr 25th 2018, 7:13 pm
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From the DVLA


National licences may only carry an address from the country which issued that licence. We are therefore unable to re-issue your British licence with an overseas address.

It is accepted that drivers who move to another part of the EC/EEA could be holding a licence showing an incorrect address.

This is permissible under the terms of the EC Directive on Driving Licences.
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Old Apr 25th 2018, 7:17 pm
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Thanks Fred, plenty of scope for DVLA to change all that in the coming few years I expect.
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More here

https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizen...e/index_en.htm
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Not sure if still relevant but many years ago when serving with the military in Cyprus for 3 years our UK driving licences always had to have a UK "care of address" I had to use my sister's .
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Many thanks.
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