1. For 12 months or more

If you’re taking a UK-registered vehicle out of the country for 12 months or more (also known as permanent export) you need to:

  1. Tell DVLA by filling in the V5C/4 ‘notification of permanent export’ section of your V5C registration certificate (logbook).

  2. Send it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.

  3. Keep the rest of your V5C registration certificate - you might need this to register your vehicle abroad.

If you don’t have a V5C registration certificate

You’ll need to get one using form V62 The address to send it to is on the form.

If you’ve already left the UK

You’ll need to get a V561 certificate of permanent export. Apply for one using form V756. The address to send it to is on the form.

Moving your vehicle between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

You don’t need a V561 certificate of permanent export if you’re moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland

Fill in the change of address section on your V5C registration certificate and send to a DVA (Driver and Vehicle Agency) local office.

Moving from Northern Ireland and Great Britain

Fill in the change of address section on your V5CNI registration certificate and send it to:

VC15
DVLA
Swansea
SA6 7JL

Tax discs

Leave the current tax disc on the vehicle until it expires and then re-tax in Northern Ireland or Great Britain, depending on where you’ve moved to.

Personalised registrations

You’ll need to transfer or retain your personalised registration before exporting your vehicle. Otherwise you’ll lose your right to the registration number.

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