Converting a vehicle into a motor caravan (motor home)

What DVLA expects to see when considering your application to change the body type description on your V5C registration certificate (log book) to motor caravan. There are currently delays with paper applications.


Motor caravan conversion checklist

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


Paper applications sent to our office in Swansea will take longer to process. This is because we have a reduced number of staff in our building to comply with social distancing requirements and to ensure staff safety.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

DVLA is required to record vehicle details for road safety and law enforcement. The body type information held on the vehicle record must describe what a vehicle looks like in traffic. This description, as well as other distinguishing features, allows the police and other enforcement agencies to easily identify vehicles.

The body type does not affect the insurance category of the vehicle, or have any effect on speed limits or other legislative requirements. It is only used for establishing vehicle appearance and identification.

It is important to remember that even if the vehicle’s body type is not changed to ‘motor caravan’, the vehicle can still be used for this purpose as long as the keeper is satisfied the converted vehicle meets the required internal features for motor caravans.

Published 21 October 2019
Last updated 7 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Paper application info added in summary.

  2. Amended coronavirus (COVID-19) update.

  3. Added coronavirus (COVID-19) update.

  4. First published.