2. New and used vehicles

You need to tax your vehicle before you can use it on the road.

New vehicles

The dealer will usually register a brand new vehicle for you. If they do, you’ll get a V5C registration certificate (log book) within 6 weeks. Contact DVLA if you don’t get one.

If the dealer won’t do it, you can register the vehicle yourself.

Used vehicles

The way a used vehicle is registered to you depends on whether it has a V5C registration certificate (log book).

Vehicle has a registration certificate (V5C)

The seller must:

  • complete section 6 of the V5C (‘new keeper or new name/new address details’)
  • sign the declaration in section 8 (you must do this too)
  • fill in section 10 (‘new keeper supplement’) and give it to you - this section is also known as the V5C/2
  • send the V5C to DVLA

DVLA aims to send out a new V5C to you within 2 to 4 weeks of getting the old V5C from the seller.

If you don’t get it within 4 weeks:

  • complete form V62 - ‘Application for a vehicle registration certificate’
  • send it to DVLA with the V5C/2 given to you by the seller - if you don’t send in the V5C/2, you’ll have to pay a fee

Download form V62 or get it from any Post Office branch.

Contact DVLA if you don’t receive anything 6 weeks after sending in form V62.

Vehicle doesn’t have a registration certificate

DVLA advises that you shouldn’t buy a vehicle that doesn’t have a registration certificate (V5C).

Register the vehicle in your name by using form V62 ‘Application for a vehicle registration certificate’. You’ll have to pay a fee. See the section above for how to get form V62.

Contact DVLA if you don’t receive anything 6 weeks after sending in form V62.

Checking your new registration certificate

When you receive your registration certificate, it’s your responsibility to check all the details are correct. If anything is incorrect, make the changes on the certificate and send it back to DVLA.

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BA

You’ll get the replacement certificate within 4 weeks.