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MODULE 16: Keeping Your Driver’s Licence

Lesson 4 with Quiz : Road safety, Changing your name or address

Road safety is a major concern worldwide, as road accidents cause significant loss of life and economic burden.

 Graduated Licensing Systems (GLS) have been introduced in many countries. In these systems, obtaining a full driver’s license is usually gradual, with different stages and restrictions in the learning process. 

Module 16: Quiz 4

Changing your name or address

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If you change your name or address, you must inform the Ministry of Transportation within…?

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To change your name or address or both on your license costs…?

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Although the focus has traditionally been on the initial stage of licensing, there is growing recognition of the need for progressive license renewals to address safety concerns for all, especially more experienced drivers.

Advanced Licensing Evolution for Road safety

Challenges for new drivers
While the graded license has been shown to be effective in reducing accidents among novice drivers, it may not adequately address the ongoing safety concerns of more experienced drivers. Research shows that the incidence of accidents is not limited to novices, but a number of factors contribute to accidents among drivers of all skill levels. These factors include distracted driving, impaired driving, and illnesses that can impair a driver’s ability.

Training courses
In addition to periodic testing, license reinstatement may include mandatory training. These courses could cover a variety of topics, including defensive driving techniques, updated traffic regulations and awareness of emerging road safety issues. By requiring drivers to participate in ongoing training, authorities can ensure that drivers remain knowledgeable and professional throughout their years of driving.

Evaluation of driving licenses
An effective, gradual requalification system for driving licenses should also include a thorough evaluation of driving records. Traffic violations, accidents and other events that may indicate unsafe driving behavior must be carefully evaluated. Depending on the severity and frequency of violations, drivers may be required to undergo additional training, have their licenses restricted or, in extreme cases, have their licenses suspended.

Road safety

Benefits of License Requalification

Better Road Safety: License requalification can improve overall road safety by addressing the ongoing challenges that cause accidents among drivers of all skill levels. Retraining resources can ensure that drivers are up-to-date with changing road conditions, technological developments and changes in traffic laws. A name change is a major life event that often requires legal documentation. In relation to a driver’s license, the process usually begins with obtaining a legal order to change the name. This court order is the legal basis for updating personal information on official documents, including driver’s licenses.

Administrative steps to change the driver’s license name

Once the necessary legal documents have been obtained, the next step is to navigate the administrative process to update the name on the driver’s license. The exact steps may vary by jurisdiction, but the common parts are as follows:
Visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): To begin the name change process, individuals must visit their local DMV or equivalent licensing office. This often requires an appointment.
Provide legal documents: Applicants must provide a court order or legal document confirming the name change. In addition, additional identification, such as a passport or social security card, may be required.
Fill out application forms: Most DMVs have special application forms for name changes. Filling out these forms accurately is critical to ensuring a smooth transition.
Payment of fees: There are usually fees associated with updating personal driver and driver’s license information. These fees may vary by jurisdiction.
Updated driver’s license: After completing the necessary documents and paying the fees, individuals will receive an updated driver’s license with a new name.

Requirements under the Change of Address Act

Changes of address are more common than changes of name, which are often due to changes. Although the legal requirements for a change of address on a driver’s license are generally simpler than those for a name change, there are still important considerations.
Notification Period: Many jurisdictions require people to update the address on their driver’s license within a certain time after moving. This period can vary, but is usually around 30 days.
Proof of Residence: Applicants may be required to provide proof of their new address, such as a utility bill, rent or voter registration.
Visit the DMV or Online Portal: Individuals can update their address by visiting the DMV in person or using online portals when available. 
Complete application forms: As with name changes, individuals may need to complete special application forms for address changes.
Payment of Fees: Some jurisdictions may require a fee to update your driver’s license address, although this is not common.


Changing the name or address on a driver’s license is a process that involves both legal requirements and administrative actions. The legal complexities of changing a name require court orders and careful documentation, while changing an address usually requires proof of residency and timely updates. In addition to administrative considerations, it is important to recognize the wider impact on road safety.
Accurate and up-to-date driver and license information is important for law enforcement, emergency situations, insurance records and the enforcement of traffic laws. Individuals should approach the process carefully, meeting legal requirements and ensuring that their driver’s license and license reflect their current situation.