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How do I register a vehicle for the first time?

Your vehicle may not have ever been registered before with DVLA if it:

  • is brand new
  • is a kit car
  • is imported
  • has been rebuilt or radically altered
  • is an old or classic vehicle

When you purchase a brand new vehicle, the dealer will usually arrange for it to be registered. Otherwise, you need to follow the process below.

Some form of personal identification is always needed when an individual registers a vehicle for the first time to prevent fraudulent applications and ensures keeper name and address details are accurate.

The V55/4 Application Form

The V55/4 form is used to apply for a first licence for a new vehicle and declaration for registration. Use this form if you are importing a new vehicle, kit car, etc.

The V55/5 Application Form

The V55/5 form is used to apply for a first licence for a motor vehicle and declaration for registration. Use this form to register used or rebuilt vehicles.

The Identity Documents

If possible you need to send in a photocopy of your photocard driving licence with your application form to prove your identity. If you can't do this, you need to send in photocopies of one document that proves your name and another that proves your address.

Documents you can use to confirm your name include: passport, marriage certificate, decree nisi or absolute, birth certificate or a current UK paper driving licence (not a paper counterpart).

Documents you can use to confirm your address include: recent utility bill (within the last 3 months) - e.g gas, electricity, water, recent bank or building society statement (within the last 3 months), medical card or council tax bill for current year.

In addition you will need:

  • To have the correct payment for vehicle tax. Find your tax class here.
  • A new registration fee - unless you are exempt.
  • A certificate of newness (or declaration of newness for imported vehicles), if the vehicle is new.
  • Any documents you have relating to the vehicle, e.g build plans if it's a kit car.
  • Appropriate insurance in place.
  • MOT if required.

Imported Vehicles

For information on importing vehicles into the UK visit here.

Kit - Converted Vehicles

For information on kit converted vehicles visit here.

Radically Altered Vehicles

For information radically altered vehicles visit here.

Old Vehicles

For information on old vehicles visit here.

Reconstructed Classic Vehicles

For information on reconstructed classic vehicles visit here.

After you have applied

DVLA may inspect the vehicle before assigning a registration.

If your vehicle is approved the DVLA will send you a V5C registration document showing the vehicle's registration number, keeper's name and address and other information about the vehicle. Any identity documents you provided to support your application will be returned.

Expect to wait up to six weeks to receive the vehicle registration certificate.

Last updated: Thursday 30th May 2019

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