1. Overview

There are 3 vehicle registration schemes for the motor trade. They are:

  • the non-secure registration scheme
  • the secure registration scheme
  • the Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) system

You can use these schemes if you’re a:

  • vehicle manufacturer
  • sole or multiple import concessionaire
  • VAT-registered motor vehicle trader

Using the schemes

When you apply to use the secure registration scheme, your application is assessed by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). You’ll have to answer a questionnaire designed to test your knowledge of the vehicle registration process.

When you first start registering vehicles, you have to use the non-secure scheme. The other 2 schemes are designed to speed up the vehicle registration process.

You can apply to the secure scheme when you’ve been using the non-secure scheme without irregularities or issues for 6 months.

You need to have used the secure scheme for 3 months first if you want to use the AFRL scheme.

The Vehicle Register

This is maintained by DVLA. It’s based on the information provided on the V55 registration form or by the AFRL system.

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