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:
Tell DVLA before you leave by filling in the V5C/4 ‘notification of permanent export’ section of your V5C registration certificate (logbook).
Send it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD. Include a letter if you’ve moved abroad and want your vehicle tax refund sent to your new address.
Keep the rest of your V5C registration certificate - you might need this to register your vehicle abroad.
You’ll usually get a refund on your vehicle tax in 4 to 6 weeks.
You must also update the address on your driving licence if you’re moving home.
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.
Fill in the change of address section on your V5CNI or V5C registration certificate and send it to DVLA.
You’ll need to transfer or retain your personalised registration before exporting your vehicle. Otherwise you’ll lose your right to the registration number.