1. Overview

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. The forms you have to send depend on your circumstances.

SA99 1BE

There are different registration schemes for the motor trade if you’re a vehicle manufacturer, importer or VAT-registered trader.