Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs: the rules

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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 class 3.

Check whether it’s registered as a class 3 vehicle 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.