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

  1. 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

  2. Apply for a vehicle registration certificate (form V62)

    Application for a vehicle registration certificate, also known as a logbook (V5C).

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Get a vehicle log book (V5C)

    Get a replacement log book (V5C) if the original has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, or you haven’t received one for your new vehicle.

  2. Cancel your vehicle tax and get a refund

    Your vehicle tax is cancelled and you get a refund for any full months of remaining tax when you tell DVLA you no longer have the vehicle or it's off the road

  3. 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

  1. Check a used vehicle you’re buying

    Check registration, MOT, tax, vehicle identification number and other details to help make sure a used car is not stolen or unsafe

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  2. Request information about a vehicle or its registered keeper from DVLA

    Request details about a vehicle's registered keeper: bulk data, anonymised data, mileage data requests, other information requests

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News and communications

  1. DVLA encourages motorists to get a red vehicle registration certificate

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
    • News story
  2. Vehicle registration and licensing in Northern Ireland

    • Department for Transport
    • Written statement
  3. Reminder for views on public consultation on the future of Northern Ireland vehicle registration and licensing services

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
    • News story
  4. DVLA advice to second hand car buyers

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
    • Press release
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Policy and engagement

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