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.
Make sure you have all the details about your vehicle to hand before you report the theft to the Police. This includes:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011
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