Tell DVLA you've sold, transferred or bought a vehicle

Scrapped your vehicle or it's been written off

You need the 11 digit reference number from the latest vehicle log book (V5C).

  1. Tell DVLA you’ve scrapped or written off the vehicle using this service.

  2. 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.

Tell DVLA

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 the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade’ section. Send the perforated section to DVLA.

It might take longer than usual to get the letter confirming you’re no longer the keeper of the vehicle because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BD

Your notification can be rejected if you do not give all the information. This will also affect any vehicle tax refund you’re owed.

Your answers

Start again

1. Are you a motor trader?
No
2. What have you done with your vehicle?
Scrapped it or it's been written off