Buying, selling, registering and scrapping a vehicle

Vehicle log books and registration certificates, checks for buying and selling vehicles and how to scrap a vehicle.


  1. Check the MOT history of a vehicle

    Check the MOT history of a vehicle from 2005 onwards, including if it passed or failed, its mileage and why it failed

  2. Get vehicle information from DVLA

    Check a vehicle's details, tax and SORN status and expiry dates on the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) database - online and telephone enquiries

  3. Tell DVLA you've sold, transferred or bought a vehicle

    Tell DVLA you've sold your vehicle or transferred it to a new registered keeper (owner), or that you've bought a vehicle

  4. Register your vehicle as off the road (SORN)

    Register your vehicle as off the road - you won't need to pay vehicle tax until you put it on the road again

  5. Change your address or name on your vehicle log book (V5C)

    Update your vehicle log book (V5C) and send it to DVLA to change your address or name

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Guidance and regulation

  1. How to fill in form V55/5 to register a used vehicle for the first time (V355/5)
  2. How to fill in form V55/4 for first vehicle tax and registration of a new vehicle (V355/4)
  3. Car-derived vans and dual purpose vehicles
  4. Register your off-road vehicle (INF85)
  5. Buy mileage data in bulk from DVLA
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News and communications

  1. DVLA encourages motorists to get a red vehicle registration certificate
  2. Vehicle registration and licensing in Northern Ireland
  3. Reminder for views on public consultation on the future of Northern Ireland vehicle registration and licensing services
  4. DVLA advice to second hand car buyers
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Research and statistics

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: April to June 2018
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Future of vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern Ireland
  2. Future of the Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme
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