Your vehicle must meet the road vehicles regulations if you use it on the road.
A kit-built vehicle is one where all the parts are supplied new by the manufacturer.
How to register
You must follow all the instructions for registering a new vehicle.
You must include the following with your application:
- form V627/1 - ‘Built up vehicle inspection report’
- evidence of type approval – see ‘Vehicle type approval’ below
- official receipts for the vehicle and any parts used
- build plans
- evidence that any ‘reconditioned’ part is to an ‘as new’ standard
Contact DVLA if you’re not sure about what you need to provide.
Send your application to:
K and R
Vehicle type approval
All kit-built vehicles have to get type approval.
Get a current registration number
You can register a kit-built car, motorcycle or tricycle with a current registration number if you can prove it’s all made from new parts supplied by the manufacturer.
You can also get a current registration number for a kit-built car, motorbike or tricycle built with one reconditioned part if:
- you can show that the part has been reconditioned to an ‘as new’ standard, in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines
- the part isn’t the chassis, monocoque bodyshell or frame
Get a Q registration number
DVLA will give your vehicle a ‘Q’ prefix registration number if you don’t meet the conditions for getting a current registration number.
Your vehicle must pass the relevant type approval test to get a Q registration number.
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.