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Vehicle Registered Schemes for Motor Trade

Three different types of vehicle registration schemes apply to the motor trade. The first two are the non-secure registration scheme and the secure registration scheme.

The third scheme is the Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) system.

The 3 schemes are only available to the following bodies:

When joining the scheme you would need to go through them in the correct order. That means you cannot apply for the AFRL scheme without completing the other 2 schemes first.

The non-secure scheme is the first step to take when registering vehicles. This scheme is designed so everyone involved follows vehicle registration rules. If six months pass with no issues or irregularities you can then apply to use the secure scheme.

The application for the secure registration scheme includes a questionnaire. It tests your knowledge of the process to register a vehicle in the United Kingdom. The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) assesses the answers in the questionnaire.

If the results are acceptable then a secure registration is issued. After 3 months without issues or irregularities you can then apply to use the AFRL scheme.

The Motor Vehicle Register

Information on the vehicle register is from the various V55 registration forms or the AFRL. The DVLA maintains the vehicle register. The V55 forms are applications for registration and first taxation:

The Non-secure Registration Scheme

Vehicle Registration Schemes for Motor Traders in the UKTo use the non-secure registration scheme you must complete the V55/4 form and one of the following documents:

Include the following items with the application for non-secure registration scheme:

You can order the form V55/4 online or by faxing 01792 783525. Send all documentation to:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BE

DVLA Secure Registration Scheme

After 6 months with no issues or irregularities you can upgrade from the non-secure scheme to the secure registration scheme. Once the application for the secure registration scheme is approved the documentation and forms will change.

The V55/1 or V55/2 forms replaces the V55/4 form. Complete the V55/1 or V55/2 form with information from one of these certificates:

To register a vehicle, complete the V55/1 or V55/2 form and send it with the road tax fee and registration fee to DVLA Swansea, SA99 1BE.

Note: Use the V55/5 form for an imported used or rebuilt motor vehicle. But, unlike the V55/4 you do not need to provide evidence of newness.

Supplies of these forms are obtainable from the following trade associations:

You can also order the V55/1 and V55/2 forms from the DVLA by fax on 01792 783525 or from this address:

The Requisition Section Stores
D Basement
DVLA
Swansea
SA6 7JL

Modified Vehicles for the Secure Registration Scheme

As a rule, if modifications are made before registration, such as engine size or silencer, a relevant inspection needs to get carried out:

If an inspection is required then you cannot use the secure registration scheme. Instead, complete the V55/5 form. It is an individual form set for modified vehicles under the non-secure registration scheme.

Note: Two exceptions apply to this rule. They are vehicles using the enhancement scheme or built through the multi-stage process. These can use the secure registration scheme.

How to Apply for the Secure Registration Scheme

To apply for an application pack and guidance notes email secureformsscheme@dvla.gsi.gov.uk. If after three months with no issues or irregularities in the secure scheme you can then apply for the AFRL system.

Automated First Registration and Licensing System

Under the AFRL web-based system, the dealer can pay for road tax with Swansea DVLA. That means dealers can tax vehicles up to 14 days before the registration date.

Note: Customers can also drive for 14 days from registration without tax.

After three months without issues or irregularities you can apply to join the AFRL system. DVLA staff provide the initial training on the Automated First Registration and Licensing system.

Note: There is a help desk available between 8am to 5pm (Monday to Friday) except on UK Bank Holidays.

Vehicle Certification Agency Control Check

The control checks for the AFRL system are the same paper records as for the secure registration system. As a rule these include:

Note: The DVLA or VCA may conduct an on-site visit to ensure you maintain control checks and security systems.

Applying for the Automated First Registration and Licensing System

Send an email to afrl@dvla.gsi.gov.uk if you register your vehicles on forms V55/1 or V55/2.

Those who use the non-secure registration system must first apply for the secure registration system. In this case email secureformsscheme@dvla.gsi.gov.uk to apply for an application pack and guidance notes.

If you are using the secure registration scheme you can apply for AFRL system by emailing afrl@dvla.gsi.gov.uk.

Vehicle Registration Schemes for Motor Traders in the United Kingdom