Telling DVLA after someone dies

Selling a vehicle

What you do depends on whether you have the vehicle log book (V5C).

If you have the vehicle log book (V5C)

Write a letter explaining:

  • your relationship to the person who died
  • the date the person died
  • who should be paid any vehicle tax refund (vehicle tax can’t be transferred to a new owner)

Send the letter to the DVLA Sensitive Casework Team with the right part of the V5C. The part you send depends on whether you’re selling the vehicle to a private individual or a motor trader.

DVLA Sensitive Casework Team
Swansea
SA99 1ZZ

Selling to a private individual

  1. Fill in section 6 of the V5C.

  2. Give the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) to the buyer.

  3. Send the V5C with your letter to the DVLA Sensitive Casework Team.

Selling to a motor trader

  1. Fill in section 9 of the V5C.

  2. Get the motor trader to sign and date section 9.

  3. Tear off section 9 and send it with your letter to the DVLA Sensitive Casework Team.

  4. Give the motor trader the rest of the V5C.

If you don’t have the vehicle log book (V5C)

When you sell the car tell the buyer they’ll need to fill in form V62 to apply for a V5C. There’s a £25 fee.

You need to write a letter to the DVLA Sensitive Casework Team to tell them you’ve sold the vehicle. Your letter needs to say:

  • the date you sold the vehicle
  • your relationship to the person who died
  • the date they died
  • who should be paid any vehicle tax refund
  • the buyer’s name and address

DVLA Sensitive Casework Team
Swansea
SA99 1ZZ