New and used vehicles

Register a new vehicle

The dealer will usually register a brand new vehicle for you. If they do, you’ll get a vehicle log book (V5C) after 4 weeks.

If the dealer will not do it, you can register the vehicle yourself.

Contact DVLA if the new V5C has not arrived after 4 weeks.

If you have not received your V5C after 6 weeks and you have not notified DVLA, you’ll have to pay £25 to get a replacement.

If your vehicle is a new heavy goods vehicle (HGV), you also need to record the details of your HGV with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Register a used vehicle

The seller can register the vehicle to you online or by post.

The seller must follow a different process if you’re buying a vehicle to take abroad including the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey), Isle of Man or Ireland. They must give you the full V5C and not send it to the DVLA.

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

If the seller wants to register online

The seller will need to:

DVLA will update the vehicle record immediately and they will aim to send out a new V5C to you within 3 to 5 days.

If the seller wants to register by post

The seller will need to:

  • complete section 2 if they have a new style V5C (with multi-coloured numbered blocks on the front cover) or section 6 if they have the older style V5C
  • sign the declaration in section 8 if they have the older style V5C (you must sign the declaration too)
  • fill in the green ‘new keeper’ slip and give it to you
  • send the V5C to DVLA

DVLA aims to send out a new V5C to you as soon as possible, usually 4 weeks after getting the old V5C from the seller. If you have not received the V5C after 4 weeks:

The new keeper slip needs to be from the most recent V5C. Check that the date on the slip matches the last V5C issue date on the vehicle enquiry service if you’re not sure.

If you do not send in the new keeper slip from the most recent V5C, you’ll have to pay £25.

Contact DVLA if you do not receive your V5C 4 weeks after sending in form V62.

If you have not received your V5C after 6 weeks and you have not notified DVLA, you’ll have to pay £25 to get a replacement.

If the vehicle does not have a V5C

DVLA advises that you should not buy a vehicle that does not have a V5C.

Download form V62 and send it to DVLA to register the vehicle in your name. You’ll have to pay £25.

Contact DVLA if you do not receive anything 6 weeks after sending in form V62.

Checking your new V5C

When you receive your V5C, it’s your responsibility to check all the details are correct. If anything is incorrect, make the changes on the V5C and send it back to DVLA.

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You’ll get the replacement V5C within 4 weeks.

Contact DVLA if you do not receive your V5C 4 weeks after sending in form V62.

If you have not received your V5C after 6 weeks and you have not notified DVLA, you’ll have to pay £25 to get a replacement.

  1. 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).

    1. Check the details you've been given match DVLA's information
    2. Check the vehicle's MOT history
    3. Check if the vehicle has been recalled because of a safety issue
    4. Check the log book isn't for a stolen vehicle
  2. Step 2 Buy and register the vehicle

    Once you've bought the vehicle, you have to register it. How you register it depends on whether it has a V5C registration certificate (log book).

    1. You are currently viewing: Find out how to register your vehicle
    2. Get a vehicle log book if you don't have it £25
  3. and Register for MOT reminders

    You must get an MOT for your vehicle every year once it's 3 years old.

    1. Get a reminder when your MOT is due
  4. Step 3 Insure the vehicle

    You must have insurance before you can use your vehicle on the road.

    1. Check if your vehicle is insured on the Motor Insurance Database
    2. Read about vehicle insurance
  5. Step 4 Tax the vehicle