Get a vehicle log book (V5C)

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

Apply by phone

Apply by phone if you’re the registered keeper on the log book that’s gone missing or is damaged.

You need to pay £25 by debit or credit card.

You can’t apply by phone if your name, address or vehicle details have changed. You have to apply by post instead.

It can take up to 5 days to get the replacement log book.

Apply by post for a replacement

  1. Download and fill in an application for a log book (V62).

  2. Send it to DVLA with a cheque or postal order for £25 made payable to ‘DVLA, Swansea’.

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It can take up to 6 weeks to get the replacement log book by post.

If you didn’t get a log book for your new vehicle

  1. Download and fill in an application for a log book (V62).

  2. Send it to DVLA with the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) you were given when you bought the vehicle. You don’t have to pay a fee.

If you don’t have the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip, you have to pay £25. Include a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘DVLA, Swansea’.

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It can take up to 6 weeks to get the replacement log book by post.

If you need to tax your vehicle

You might be able to tax your vehicle at a Post Office and order a new log book at the same time.

Take in a filled in application for a log book (V62) and £25 fee to a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax - the Post Office will tell you if you can tax without the log book.

It can take up to 6 weeks to get the replacement log book by post.

If your new log book doesn’t arrive

Call DVLA if the new log book hasn’t arrived after:

  • 5 days if you applied over the phone
  • 6 weeks if you applied by post or at a Post Office
  1. Step 1 Check the vehicle before you buy it

    You'll need the vehicle's registration number, make, model and MOT test number. You also need to see the V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book).

    1. Check the details you've been given match DVLA's information
    2. Check the vehicle's MOT history
    3. Check if the vehicle has been recalled because of a safety issue
    4. Check the log book isn't for a stolen vehicle
  2. Step 2 Buy and register the vehicle

    Once you've bought the vehicle, you have to register it. How you register it depends on whether it has a V5C registration certificate (log book).

    1. Find out how to register your vehicle
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  3. Step 3 Insure the vehicle

    You must have insurance before you can use your vehicle on the road.

    1. Check if your vehicle is insured on the Motor Insurance Database
    2. Read about vehicle insurance
  4. Step 4 Tax the vehicle