Drivers are only just realising they could get slapped with a £1,000 fine if the fail to declare any of these 7 changes

DRIVERS who fail to report seven changes risk a £1,000 fine – don’t get caught.

Motorists have been told that withholding vital information before the DVLA this summer could result in bankrupt penalties.

Motorists face severe fines if they do not register seven changes


Motorists face severe fines if they do not register seven changesPhoto credit: Getty

Now the car experts at have identified seven things that vehicle owners must report to the authorities.

Consider the following to avoid paying a staggering fine.

vehicle modifications

Drivers must update and provide evidence of certain changes made to their vehicle in a V5C registration.

Modifications made to your vehicle, such as B. Chassis or body changes, number plate adjustments or changes to the vehicle color must be reported to the DVLA.

If the vehicle is determined to be unroadworthy, a subpoena or fine may be imposed.

Provide driver information

If the registered keeper of a motor vehicle is accused of committing a crime, that person must provide information about who was behind the wheel at the time of the offence.

Failure to do so will result in the owner being penalized with six points and a fine of up to £1,000.

changes in vision

Individuals suffering from visual disorders such as cataracts or glaucoma must also report this to the DVLA.

Motorists must be able to read a license plate from a distance of 20 meters.

Failure to do so risks a fine of up to £1,000 and 3 penalty points on their driving license if caught on the road.

Others may have their driving licenses revoked by the police if they are suspected of posing a safety risk to other drivers.


Those who do not declare illness can also get a refund of £1,000.

The DVLA has one extensive list There are over 110 medical conditions that can affect driving. So check out the list to see if you fall victim to any of these conditions.

A change of name or gender

Failure by motorists to notify the DVLA of a name or gender change can result in a £1,000 fine.

Drivers are asked to send in their old driver’s license and all receipts to ensure everything is up to date.

When a vehicle is not in use or off the road

Any owner of a vehicle that is not used for an extended period of time should declare it as SORN.

That way they don’t have to pay for it – but it does have to be kept in a private garage or driveway.

If the engine is held on public roads for any reason other than an agreed MOT or inspection date, there could be prosecution and a devastating £2,500 charge.

change of address

Whether permanent or temporary, the DVLA must be informed of all address changes so that they can be communicated to the vehicle owner at any time and changed online.

Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to notify DVLA of a change of address.

Greg Wilson, Founder and CEO of said: “Motorists should always keep the UK Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority informed of any changes.

“There are a few things that car owners are required to report to the DVLA, and anyone who doesn’t do so risks a hefty fine or even a lawsuit in court.

“It’s easy to think that some of these details, like a change of address, are insignificant and therefore forget to tell, but that could have serious and costly consequences.

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“When you are registered as the official owner of a car, you are responsible for official communication with the police, the DVLA and your insurer.

“If you want to check if you need to contact the DVLA to let them know about anything, go to their website.”

Suspended licenses and court subpoenas could also apply to those who fail to notify the DVLA


Revoked licenses and court subpoenas could also apply to those who fail to notify the DVLAPhoto credit: Getty

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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