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Vehicle Registration Certificates

A vehicle registration certificate (or V5C document) is issued by DVLA and contains information about the vehicle and the keeper that the registration certificate pertains to.

The vehicle registration number is a number and letter combination that's unique to each vehicle. This is shown on the registration certificate.

The registration certificate is helpful in that it contains sections that allow you to action other services of the DVLA. For instance you may wish to buy or sell a vehicle, or change your name and address details.

Read on for more information regarding notifying DVLA of buying or selling a vehicle, registering a vehicle, changing your name, address, or vehicle details, and action to take if your vehicle is stolen, scrapped or written off.

6 articles in this section:

Notify DVLA of Buying a Vehicle

Usually the seller of a vehicle notifies DVLA that you've bought the vehicle. However there are some circumstances where you may want to register the vehicle yourself. If you bought a new vehicle...

Registering a Vehicle with DVLA

Some form of personal identification is always needed when an individual registers a vehicle for the first time at a DVLA local office. This prevents fraudulent applications and ensures keeper name and...

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...

Altering your Vehicle Registration Certificate

DVLA must be informed immediately of any changes to your personal details, or changes to your vehicle. You should return the registration certificate (V5C) to DVLA so that they can update your details,...

If your Certificate is Stolen or Lost

A current and valid registration certificate (V5C) is a legal requirement for applicable vehicles in the UK. So, if yours is stolen or lost, you must replace it immediately. Apply by Phone Apply by...

If your Vehicle is Scrapped or Written Off

This article explains the process you must take to ensure DVLA know you are no longer the keeper of a vehicle after you have passed a vehicle on to a scrapping facility, or scrapped the vehicle...

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