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do i need to change address with DVLA?

Hi everyone,
We moved to switzerland with my swiss GF in November and i brought my UK car with me. I read all the posts around this forum, but none of them answeared one thing:
- What if i dont have a UK address anymore? Can i tell DVLA my address in switzerland and still keep the UK papers? Im planing to take the car back to UK and sell it once the weather gets better (under 12 months from arrival).
-same thing appears to be the driving licence. i read on the DVLA page that you dont need to notify DVLA about changing address when going abroad. This sounds a bit strange, but it doesnt matter since i will probably change it to swiss after some time. The most important thing is the car, since i read everywhere that its fraudulent not to let them know,but im worryed if i can have a swiss address on the registration documents

I hope this thread wont shift again to "i have a new car and i want to import it here" or something else
thanks in advance for any help
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Old 09.01.2011, 19:05
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Re: do i need to change address with DVLA?

Welcome to the Forum. Please E-Mail the DVLA, they ought to know.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/contactus...enquiries.aspx
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Re: do i need to change address with DVLA?

Can't help on the car docs as I didn't bring my car with me. But for the driving licence, must admit, never changed it, so had 4 years in France and 1 in Switzerland with my old UK address.

If you intend exchanging your UK licence for a Swiss one, remember to do it before Nov 2011, as after you've been here 12 months or more, you'll have to take a Swiss driving test and lessons I beleive. The swap is very easy and painless.

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Re: do i need to change address with DVLA?

You don't need to inform the DVLA as you will of course be changing your licence to a Swiss one. The Swiss authorities will return your UK to the DVLA and so they will then know what's happened...
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Re: do i need to change address with DVLA?

Have you told your insurance company you are now living in Switzerland? You're probably not insured under the terms of your agreement.

To be 100% legal, sell the car in the UK and buy again here - if you need one OR import the car.
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Re: do i need to change address with DVLA?

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My main problem are the registration papers of the car not the licence. I said in my first post that i dont worry about the licence (since i want to change it). The question is if i have to change the address on the green owners papers from the car for those few months im here.

@dodgyken
my insurance is due to run out just about this time (i think someone from direct line already tried to call me but i didnt have my phone with me). My plan was to try to insure the car here,but that brings up another issue: IF i manage to find a company which would insure RHD car, can i do it for a period shorter than a year? (i read on this forum,that insurance companies try to hook you up for few years,which means i wouldnt be able to cancel the policy after few months like in UK). I only need the insurance for about 3 months when the weather gets better, since i want to drive the car back to UK,sell it quickly for few coppers and bring my Ninja here.
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Re: do i need to change address with DVLA?

OK.mystery solved.I picked up the phone,listened to the music for about 20 minutes(wonder what the phone bill will be...) till i got connected to an advisor, who told me that i should just leave it, since i dont have a permanent UK address and it cant be registered on a swiss one. I love the approach in UK "if you cant do it,just leave it mate"

so now i will have to call some swiss insurance companies and i will let all the others who are wondering if it works know if i find out something.
If anyone knows of a company insuring UK cars (preferably for a shorter period than a year), please let me know to quicken the process.
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Old 11.01.2011, 17:00
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Re: do i need to change address with DVLA?

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I love the approach in UK "if you cant do it,just leave it mate"
Yep, it's this attitude that gives the UK nearly 2 million uninsured vehicles on the roads...
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