2. Mutual Recognition

You may need to get a certificate of Mutual Recognition, depending on the type of vehicle and whether it was first registered within or outside the EU.

Mutual Recognition scheme

You can apply for the Mutual Recognition scheme if you’re importing a left-hand-drive car, motorcycle or light goods vehicle first registered within the EU.

Contact the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) on 0300 330 5797 to find out if your vehicle qualifies for Mutual Recognition. Find out about call charges.

The Mutual Recognition scheme (also known as the Commission Notice Procedure) asks you to:

  • make declarations about your vehicle’s suitability for use in Britain (eg the headlight beam dips to the left)
  • make alterations if needed (eg fit rear seat belts) - and provide garage receipts to prove you’ve done this

The VCA will give you a certificate if your application is accepted. You need to present this to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), or the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland, to support your application for registration.

You can download an application form, including guidance notes, below.

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