All kit-builds must meet road vehicles regulations if they get driven on the roads. Thus, regulations governing the construction, equipment, and maintenance also apply to kit-built vehicles.
KIT-BUILT VEHICLES: There are differences between kit-builds and kit-converted vehicles.
You must follow the instructions and procedures set for new registrations. But, there are several extra documents to add to the application:
As a rule, the manufacturer supplies all the parts for a kit-built vehicle. Even so, there are several steps for individuals to complete for registration.
Note: We recommend contacting the DVLA if you need further details on what you need to provide. Follow that by sending your kit built vehicle application to:
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The Road Vehicle Approval Regulations came into force in 2009 for the United Kingdom. Having Vehicle Type Approval confirms its production samples meet or exceed specified performance standards.
Kit-built vehicles do not have automatic type approval certification for the United Kingdom. That means you will need to get type approval for a kit-build.
In some cases you can kit-built car, motorcycle, or a tricycle with a current registration number. You would need to prove that its complete construction is from new parts supplied by the manufacturer.
It is also possible to get a current registration number for a kit-built car, motorbike, or a tricycle built with one reconditioned part. That is providing:
The vehicle may not meet all the conditions to get a current registration number. In this case, DVLA issue Q prefix registration numbers to use on the vehicle licence plates.
Note: All vehicles must pass a relevant type approval test before they get a Q registration.
Kit-Converted Vehicles: The process for vehicle registration of kit-converts at the DVLA.
New and Used Vehicles: Check the process for registering different types of vehicles and fees.
New Registrations: Information on the process to get a vehicle registered yourself at DVLA.
Old and Classic Vehicles: How to register old or classic cars that have not been taxed since 1983.
Radically Altered Vehicles: The process to register vehicles altered from their original specification.
Rebuilds: Check out how to register a rebuilt vehicle in the United Kingdom.
Reconstructed Classic Cars: Follow these steps to register a reconstructed classic vehicle.
VIN and Q Registration: What is a VIN and why do DVLA sometimes issue 'Q' registration plates?
DVLA Kit-Built Vehicle Registration in the United Kingdom