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 certain forms and sending them to DVLA Swansea, SA99 1BE. The forms you have to send depend on your circumstances.
There are different registration schemes for the motor trade if you’re a vehicle manufacturer, importer or VAT-registered trader.