5. Registering an imported vehicle

You must register any vehicle you bring into the UK permanently. You can’t register before you do all of the following:

You also tax the vehicle when you register it with DVLA - there’s a £55 fee.

Forms you need

Order a vehicle import pack from DVLA to get the forms you need.

Choose a ‘new vehicle import pack’ if your vehicle has a certificate of newness from the dealer or it meets all of these conditions:

  • it hasn’t been permanently registered in any country before
  • it’s a current model or a model discontinued in the past 2 years
  • this is the first time it’s been sold by a retailer
  • it has reasonable mileage, ie the minimum needed for delivery

Choose a ‘used vehicle import pack’ for any other vehicle.

How to register

Follow the instructions for registering a vehicle to fill in your forms and send supporting documents.

You must also send extra supporting documents for an imported vehicle.

DVLA might ask to inspect the vehicle.

Extra supporting documents for imported vehicles

You must send the following original documents:

  • proof of vehicle approval
  • form V267 (sometimes called the ‘declaration of newness’) if you’re registering a new vehicle
  • evidence showing the date the vehicle was collected, eg the invoice from the supplier
  • the original foreign registration certificate to show when the vehicle was manufactured (you won’t get this back)

If you don’t have the original foreign registration certificate, DVLA might accept other proof of the manufacture date, eg a letter from the manufacturer or a vehicle enthusiast club.

Don’t send photocopies or faxed copies.

How long it takes

It can take up to 6 weeks for your registration certificate (V5C) to arrive. You need the V5C to get number plates made up.