Your vehicle may not have ever been registered before with DVLA if it is:
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 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 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.
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, landline, 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:
For information on importing vehicles into the UK visit here.
For information on kit converted vehicles visit here.
For information radically altered vehicles visit here.
For information on old vehicles visit here.
For information on reconstructed classic vehicles visit here.
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, identity documents you provided to support your application will be returned.
Expect to wait up to six weeks for the vehicle registration certificate. After this time contact the DVLA.
Last updated: Monday 30th April 2018
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