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  1. 1Are you a motor trader?

    No

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  2. 2What have you done with your vehicle?

    Scrapped it or it's been written off

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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 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 the:

  • vehicle registration number
  • make and model
  • exact date of sale
  • 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.