Radically altered vehicles
Your vehicle must comply with the road vehicles regulations if you use it on the road.
Radically altered vehicles are vehicles that have been altered from their original specification, but aren’t kit conversions.
How to register
You must follow all the instructions for registering a new vehicle.
You’ll need to include the following with your application:
- form V627/1 - ‘Built up vehicle inspection report’
- evidence of type approval, if necessary
- the vehicle registration certificate
- official receipts for any parts used
- photographs of the vehicle
Contact DVLA if you’re not sure about what you need to provide.
Send your application to:
K and R
Get a vehicle registration number
DVLA uses a points system to decide what registration number to give a radically altered vehicle.
Keep the original registration number
Your vehicle must have 8 or more points from the table below if you want to keep the original registration number. 5 of these points must come from having the original or new and unmodified chassis, monocoque bodyshell or frame.
|Chassis, monocoque bodyshell (body and chassis as one unit) or frame - original or new and unmodified (direct from manufacturer)||5|
|Suspension (front and back) - original||2|
|Axles (both) - original||2|
|Transmission - original||2|
|Steering assembly - original||2|
|Engine - original||1|
Get a ‘Q’ registration number
You won’t be able to keep your vehicle’s original registration number if one of the following applies:
- it has fewer than 8 points
- it has a second-hand or altered chassis, monocoque bodyshell or frame
- there’s evidence that 2 vehicles have been welded together to form one (ie ‘cut and shut’)
Your vehicle must pass the relevant type approval test to get a ‘Q’ prefix registration number.
Vehicles with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) must never reappear as complete vehicles or be presented for registration, though some components may be recycled. You can’t keep the original registration or vehicle identification 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.