9. Old vehicles
Your vehicle must meet the road vehicles regulations if you use it on the road.
If you have a classic vehicle that hasn’t been taxed since 1983, it might not be registered with DVLA.
If this is the case and you want to register it, follow all the instructions for registering a vehicle for the first time.
Get your vehicle’s original registration number
You may be able to register an old vehicle under its original registration number if either:
- it’s never been registered at DVLA
- it has an age-related registration number
To do this, you’ll have to:
- follow the instructions for new registrations
- fill in form V765 - ‘Application to register a vehicle under its original registration number’
- get form V765 endorsed by a vehicle owners’ club
- provide a recent photo of the vehicle and documentary evidence that links it to the original number, eg the original log book
Send the forms to ‘K and R’ at DVLA.
K and R
After you’ve applied
DVLA will issue a V5C registration certificate and give you either:
- the original registration number - if this happens, you won’t be allowed to transfer it or put it onto retention at a later date
- another number appropriate to the age of the vehicle - if this is a non-suffix or prefix number, it will also be non-transferable
Send a completed V62 form and the RF60 form if you want to register a historic vehicle in Northern Ireland.
DVLA will register the vehicle and issue a new V5C to the registered keeper. You should receive this within 4 weeks.