If you sell or transfer your vehicle you must tell DVLA straight away using the V5C registration certificate.

You and the buyer must follow the procedures correctly or you could still be liable for the vehicle.

The motor trader buying the vehicle can tell DVLA for you. You must do this if they don’t.

Telling DVLA if you have your V5C registration certificate

Do the following if you have a registration certificate.

  1. Complete section 6 on the V5C.

  2. Sign section 8 on the V5C.

  3. Get the buyer to also sign section 8 on the V5C.

  4. Give the buyer the completed V5C/2 section.

  5. Send the V5C to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA

Selling to a motor trader

Do the following if you sell the vehicle to a motor trader and they don’t tell DVLA on your behalf.

  1. Complete the V5C/3 section.

  2. Get the details and signature of the motor trader.

  3. Post it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.

  4. Give the V5C and uncompleted V5C/2 section to the trader.

Don’t rely on anyone else to send the V5C or V5C/3 to DVLA.

To see what counts as a ‘motor trader’ check the notes on the back of the V5C/3 certificate.

If you don’t have your V5C registration certificate

If you don’t have a V5C registration certificate write to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR giving the:

  • vehicle registration mark
  • make and model
  • exact date of sale
  • name and address of the new keeper
  • your signature

Check the new keeper sends DVLA a completed V62 form to apply for a new registration certificate. Otherwise the police could contact you about the vehicle.

What happens next

Once DVLA have updated their records you’ll get a letter within 4 weeks confirming that you’re not liable for the vehicle any more.

Refunds on your vehicle tax

You’ll get an automatic refund of your vehicle tax for any full remaining months when you sell or transfer your vehicle. The DVLA will send it to the address they have for you on their records.

You paid an additional surcharge if you bought vehicle tax for six months. This surcharge is not refundable.