Usually the seller of a vehicle notifies DVLA that you've bought the vehicle. However there are some circumstances where you may want to register the vehicle yourself.
If you bought a new vehicle from a dealer, they will usually arrange for the vehicle to be registered in your name.
How DVLA is notified of the purchase will depend on the registration document or certificate available.
The seller of the vehicle should give you the top half of the document. Ensure you inform DVLA immediately as there are penalties for not doing so. This can be done via the form on the back of the registration document.
The seller should complete the 'your details' (blue) section. You and the seller need to sign the declaration. The seller takes responsibility for ensuring DVLA receive the document. You will receive the V5/2 green section from the seller which you should ensure is correctly completed. Ensure you inform DVLA immediately as there are penalties for not doing so. This can be done via the form on the back of the registration document.
The seller will complete section 6 'new keeper or new name/new address details' of the V5C. Both parties should sign the declaration in section 8. The seller takes responsibility for ensuring DVLA receive the document. You, as the buyer, will receive the V5C/2 section correctly completed by the seller. The buyer keeps the V5C/2 section until a new V5C is received from DVLA.
In cases where the seller of the vehicle doesn't have a V5/V5C, you should register the vehicle in your name by using the form V62 application for a registration certificate. Use the link or collect a paper form from a Post Office or local DVLA office.
Bear in mind that buying a vehicle with no V5C or V5 is extremely risky.
Expect a new registration certificate in your name within two to four weeks of DVLA receiving the application. V62 applications may take up to six weeks.
Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2011
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