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Stolen Vehicle

When a vehicle is stolen the first step should be to report the theft to the Police. The Police then notify DVLA of the theft.

Reporting the Theft

Make sure you have all the details about your vehicle to hand before you report the theft to the Police. This includes:

  • Registration number
  • Vehicle make and model
  • Vehicle colour

You will be given a crime reference number which you should keep safe as you will need it for any insurance claims or for a refund of vehicle tax.

Informing your Vehicle Insurers

Contact your insurers as soon as possible. If you don't get your vehicle back, and need to make a claim, then you should tell DVLA the date you received payment from the insurers, and the insuring company's name and address.

Refund of Vehicle Tax

Owners of vehicles that have been stolen and not recovered can apply for a refund of vehicle tax. However DVLA advise waiting seven days before making an application, as many vehicles are recovered in this time.

Use a V33 form with your crime reference number.

Vehicle Stolen with a Private Registration Number

In this case it is usually possible to reclaim the number, provided it has not been found after 12 months. However the following must apply:

  • The theft should have been registered with the Police and DVLA and the date it was stolen must be less than 12 months ago
  • When the theft occurred, the vehicle must have had a current MOT test certificate and valid tax disc

Additionally, DVLA require that your insurers write to them confirming their acceptance of re-issuing of the registration.

If the vehicle is recovered, you should apply to keep your registration number immediately.

For more information on this process see transfer a registration and retain a registration.

Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011

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