Changing Names with the DVLA

Changing Names with the DVLA

Changing Names with the DVLA

After you have decided to change names, whether it’s because of marriage, divorce or another reason, you will have to update your records. We advise that you notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as a priority. In England, Scotland and Wales the DVLA is responsible for driver licensing and car registration.

Collect form 'D1 - Application for a driving license' from most major post offices. You need to return the form with your current drivers license. If your old license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you will have to mention this in the form. Even if you are disqualified from driving, the DVLA will allow you to change your name. The new driver’s license will be sent to you three weeks after the application. If you live in Northern Ireland, the DVA holds a similar process for changing your name, just check their website.


We recommend making your driving license a priority when changing names as many other organisations will accept an updated license as proof of your new name. On presentation of a wedding certificate the DVLA will accept a double barreled or hyphenated name, while some organisations will ask for a deed poll certificate. However, many of these organisations do accept an updated license, saving you the trouble of getting a deed poll certificate.

The DVLA is not the only organisation you will have to contact. You will have to change names in your passport, with HMRC and amend your Electoral Roll registration. Don't forget all the other places, such as your phone account, bank records, credit and store cards, loyalty programs and more. You can either search online for all the necessary forms and procedures and then spend a few hours on hold, or save yourself the best part of a day with a personalised name change kit.


Changing names? It’s always best to start with government issued photo ID, like your driving license. We take you through the process.

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