Scrapped your vehicle or it's been written off
You need the 11 digit reference number from the latest vehicle log book (V5C).
Tell DVLA you’ve scrapped or written off the vehicle using this service.
Destroy the log book, unless you’ve already given it to the vehicle scrapyard or insurance company.
Use the vehicle scrapyard or insurance company’s name as the trader you’ve sold the vehicle to, even if you did not get any money for it.
You can take the registration number off the vehicle if you want to keep it. You must do this before you tell DVLA you sold your vehicle.
What happens next
You’ll be sent:
- an email confirmation (if you gave your email address)
- a letter confirming you’re no longer the keeper of the vehicle
- a refund cheque for any full months left on your vehicle tax, calculated from the date DVLA gets your information - if you pay by Direct Debit, it’ll be cancelled automatically
Other ways to apply
If you have a log book you must:
- get the scrapyard or insurance company to fill in their details on the yellow ‘selling or transferring your vehicle to a motor trade, insurer or dismantler’ slip (V5C/3) in the log book
- send the V5C/3 to DVLA
You’ll get a letter within 4 weeks confirming you’re no longer the keeper of the vehicle.
If you do not have a log book you must write to DVLA with:
- your name and address
- the vehicle registration number
- the make and model
- the exact date of sale
- the name and address of the scrapyard or insurance company
Your notification can be rejected if you do not give all the information. This will also affect any vehicle tax refund you’re owed.