The UK Rules
Tell DVLA Car is Written Off

DVLA Vehicle Write Off by Insurance

As a rule, vehicles with severe damage get scrapped and written off by an insurance company. But, there is a set procedure to inform DVLA about a write off vehicle.

BEYOND REPAIR: Insurers will often write off a totaled vehicle instead of repairing it. The process of writing off, and then scrapping a vehicle, has the same outcome as selling it to the insurance company.

Therefore, you must inform the DVLA if your vehicle gets written off and scrapped. Prepare to enter some information online including:

Note: The online service to tell DVLA about a written off vehicle is only available from 7am to 7pm.

Extra Advice and Information

Important InformationFailing to inform the DVLA that your insurer has written off your vehicle can result in a fine of £1,000.

When you tell the DVLA that your vehicle got written off you must also:

Note: After informing the DVLA of a vehicle write off you can destroy the yellow slip from the log book. There is no need to send this part to them. But, you will need to hand over the rest of the V5C log book to your insurance company.

The final part of the process is for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to send you:

Tell DVLA about a Vehicle Write Off by Post

If you use postal methods you should fill in section nine (9) of your log book (V5C) and then send it to the DVLA address.

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The insurance company may request to get the complete log book. If so, you should write a letter to the DVLA. Give them the details of your insurance company and the date you gave the vehicle to your insurer.

The final part of the process is for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to send you:

Inform DVLA of Write Off Vehicle in the United Kingdom