You’ll usually have to register a car or any other vehicle as soon as you’ve:
- bought it
- built it
- rebuilt or altered it
- imported it
You do this by filling in forms and sending them to DVLA. The forms you have to send depend on your circumstances.
DVLA may need to inspect your vehicle to:
- make sure the vehicle exists, has been assembled into a complete vehicle and the log book (V5C) is in your name
- update their records because of changes you’ve made to the vehicle
They will send you a letter if they need to do this. You won’t have to pay a fee.
Use the different registration schemes for the motor trade if you’re a vehicle manufacturer, importer or VAT-registered trader.
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).
Step 2 Buy and register the vehicle
Step 3 Insure the vehicle
You must have insurance before you can use your vehicle on the road.
Step 4 Tax the vehicle
You need to tax the vehicle before you can use it on the road.