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Notify DVLA of Vehicle Sale


If you are a seller of a vehicle, you must work with the buyer of the vehicle to provide the information DVLA needs.

With a V5C

Notify DVLA immediately of the exact date of sale using the registration document (V5C).

The buyer of the vehicle will want to take your name and address so you should provide them with this as they may need to contact you in the future.

With the buyer, complete section 6 of the V5C - 'new keeper or new name/new address details'. Both you and the buyer should sign section 8 and send the V5C to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.

Give the fully completed V5C/2 section to the buyer.

As shown on the V5C, if you sell the vehicle to a trader you must complete the V5C/3 section. Obtain the details and signature of the motor trader and post it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD. You shouldn't rely on anyone else to do this - make sure yourself that it's done! Both the V5C and V5C/2 sections (uncompleted) should be passed to the trader.

Without a V5C

You should still inform the DVLA of the sale. To do so write to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR and explain that you have sold the vehicle. Include the:

  • Vehicle registration mark
  • Make and model
  • Exact date of sale
  • Name and address of the new keeper

If the vehicle has a personalised registration number that you want to retain or transfer with the sale, see how to transfer or retain a registration.

You should allow 4 weeks for discharge of ownership and confirmation letters before contacting DVLA.

Last updated: Friday 27th July 2018

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