Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs: the rules

Vehicle tax, registration and insurance

You do not have to pay vehicle tax for any mobility scooter or powered wheelchair if it’s registered as a class 3 invalid carriage.

Check whether a vehicle is registered as an invalid carriage by asking the seller when you buy it.

Change the owner’s details when you buy a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair

When you buy a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, the seller will make you the ‘registered keeper’. This means the vehicle will be in your name. You’ll get a new vehicle log book (V5C) in the post within 4 weeks of the sale.

If you do not get a new vehicle log book 4 weeks after the sale, fill in an ‘Application for a vehicle registration certificate’ (V62) and send it to DVLA.

Change your name or address

If you need to change your name or address, fill in section 6 of your vehicle log book and send it to DVLA.

If your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair is not a registered vehicle

Most scooters and wheelchairs will already be registered by the dealer or manufacturer before you buy them.

If your vehicle is not registered, register it by filling in:

Insurance

You do not need insurance for a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, although it’s recommended.