Taking a vehicle out of the UK

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. Fill in the V5C/4 ‘notification of permanent export’ section of your V5C registration certificate (log book).

  2. 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.

  3. 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 do not have a V5C registration certificate

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

Moving your vehicle between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Fill in the change of address section in your log book and send it to DVLA.

SA99 1BA

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.

  1. Step 1 Check where you can use your licence

    1. Check the rules for using your driving licence abroad

    You may need an international driving permit (IDP) if you’re going to drive outside the EU.

    1. Check if you need an IDP on the AA website
  2. Step 2 Apply for an international driving permit (IDP)

    If you need an IDP you can:

    You may be able to pay more to get your IDP faster.

  3. Step 3 Get insurance

    1. Check if your vehicle insurance covers you for the countries you're driving through

    Check this with your car hire company if you’re hiring a vehicle.

  4. Step 4 Prepare the documents you need to take with you

    1. Check what documents you need to take a vehicle out of the UK

    If you're hiring a car you may need to share your driving licence information with the hire company.

    1. Get a 'check code' to share your driving licence information

    If you got your licence in Northern Ireland, you’ll need to show the rental company your paper counterpart instead.

  5. Step 5 Check the rules for the country you're travelling to

    The rules for driving may be different in the country you're going to. For example, drink-driving rules might be different or you might need to carry extra equipment in your car.

    1. Check if you need to display a country sticker on your vehicle
    2. Check the rules for the European country you're travelling to on the AA website
    3. Check the travel advice for countries outside Europe

    When you have your documents, insurance and any extra equipment you need you can drive abroad.