Can a name be changed on an operators licence

It is very common for the name on an operator’s licence in the United Kingdom to change over time and the process for making such a change can easily be done once certain requirements are met. Understanding how and why a name can be changed on an operator’s licence is the first step to being able to make the necessary changes. Transport Managers or Operator Licence holders operating fleets should all be aware of how to make these changes in order to ensure compliance within their organisation.

Can you change the name on an operator’s licence?

Yes, it is possible to change the name on an operator’s licence in the UK. The procedure for making this change is different depending on the type of change being made. Different changes, such as changing the name of the person within the operator’s licence, requires a GV72 form to be filled out and sent by post, for example.

To make any changes to an operator’s licence, the individual or organisation must have either applied for one in the first place or already be the holder of one. This is done online in the form of an application or through post. The decision to accept or deny the application will be communicated to the applicant shortly after the information is received.

Why might the name on an operator’s licence need to be changed?

The names present on an operators licence might need to be changed for many different scenarios, here are some examples:

• If a company has been sold, the new owners will need a new licence in their name.
• If the head of a company has been replaced, a new licence must be obtained in the new head’s name.
• If a sole trader has changed their business name, they must notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

In some instances, such as a change of personnel, a licence amendment rather than replacement might be necessary. This can be done by filling out a GV72 form and sending it off, either by post or by hand-delivering it to the appropriate office.

How can the name be changed?

To change the name on an operator’s licence, the holder must contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the issuing body for licences in the UK. Depending on the type of change needed, you will be required to either notify the Agency by filling in a GV72 form or download and fill in the application form online.

For example, if a company was to be sold, it would need to apply for a new licence in the new owner’s name. The applicant would need to fill out the GV72 form online and post it to the DVLA. Once the DVLA had received the form and posted it with the correct paperwork, the name would be changed on the operator’s licence.


Understanding the process of changing the name of an operator’s licence in the UK is very important for businesses wishing to carry goods by road. While it is relatively simple to make any changes to an operator’s licence once certain requirements are met, it is important to remember that the first step is to apply for a licence.

Operator licence holders must be aware of the changes that need to be made to their licence in order to ensure compliance in their organisation. Transport Managers, either qualified or looking to become qualified, are particularly important in this area in understanding the intricacies of managing fleets.

Ultimately, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is responsible for making changes to licences, and it is in its power to whether the application is accepted or not.

At NTP Online Learning, we have the knowledge and experience to help our learners become up to date with the requirements and compliance challenges of being a transport manager or operator licence holder. We provide courses that aid in meeting legal obligations and keeping you informed and up to date on all changes to the legal requirements. To find out more, just visit our website.

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