The manufacturer or importer will usually take care of vehicle approval. You must apply for vehicle approval if you’ve:

Get a vehicle approved

You can get a single vehicle or small number of vehicles approved through:

From August 2015, you cannot apply for a Pre-Registration Inspection (PRI). You’ll need to get your vehicle approved instead.

You can get approval for a type of vehicle (rather than each individual vehicle) through:

Getting vehicle approval if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

If you’re making or importing single, or very small numbers of vehicles, there will be no change after Brexit and you can still use the:

If you’re a vehicle manufacturer you will not be able to use the ECWVTA and ECSSTA schemes for sales and registrations in the UK. ECWVTAs issued by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) will still be valid in the UK.

Manufacturers must give provisional UK approval numbers to people importing or selling their vehicles.

Provisional approval will have the same requirements as ECWVTA and ECSSTA.

You must apply for provisional approval before the UK leaves the EU, by emailing UKTA@vca.gov.uk with:

  • the full name and address of the manufacturer
  • a contact name
  • an email address
  • a telephone number

Applying for provisional approval is free of charge.

If you’re a component, trailer or non-road mobile machinery manufacturer you’ll be able to use your existing approvals.

You can find more details about provisional approval in this technical notice.

Get help

Contact the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you need help about IVA or MSVA.

Telephone: 0300 123 9000
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Contact the VCA if you need help or information about:

  • provisional approval
  • Mutual Recognition scheme

Telephone: 0300 330 5797
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