As a rule the car dealer will register a brand new vehicle for the purchaser. But, in some cases you may need to get a vehicle registered yourself by following this process.
NEW REGISTRATIONS: Vehicles that may not yet have registration with the DVLA include:
There is a set process to follow no matter what type of newly registered vehicle you have. You will need one of these documents from the DVLA form ordering service.
You will need to prove your identity when you make a new registration at DVLA. One way is to send a photocopy of your photocard driving licence along with your application form.
There may be a reason why you are unable to do this. In this case you must still prove your name and address. You would need to send in photocopies of two separate documents. One to prove your name and another to prove your address.
Any of these documents will confirm your name:
Any of these documents will confirm your address:
Note: Current DVLA trade plate holders can fill in form V959 instead. The 'Notification of name and address check' also proves your identity.
Making a new registration at DVLA will require some supporting documentation as well. You will need to send:
In some cases you will also need to send extra forms and support documents if your vehicle is:
As a rule, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency inspect vehicles before issuing new registrations. DVLA send the V5C registration certificate (log book) once it gets approved and return any identity documents. A new V5C log book registration will show:
The DVLA do not make any guarantees for the return of the documents by any specific date. Even so, you should receive the new registration certificate within 6 weeks of them getting your application.
Note: You can get your documents returned by special delivery. But, you will need to provide a prepaid self-addressed, special delivery envelope. Contact DVLA after 6 weeks if you do not get a response from them.
There is a single fee of £55 to register and tax a vehicle for the first time with DVLA. Payment methods include a cheque or postal order. But, you cannot send cash through the post.
Some exemptions exist and there will be no fee for new registrations of some vehicles, such as:
Kit-Built Vehicles: The process for registering kit-builds and kit-converted vehicle 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.
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.
Vehicle Identification Numbers: What is a VIN and why do DVLA sometimes issue 'Q' registration plates?
New Registrations Process with DVLA for Vehicles in the United Kingdom