to register your old vehicle
If you want to register an old vehicle, you may be able to register
it under its original mark. You will need to apply through a vehicle
owner's club who will pass your application to the Driver and Vehicle
Licensing Agency (DVLA) for a new vehicle record to be set up.
Full details at Directgov
Further information on registering an old vehicle can be found on
information leaflet INF848 'How to register your 'old' vehicle"
which is available from a DVLA local office.
In the early 1970s the DVLA began to computerise records of vehicles
previously maintained by local vehicle taxation offices. This process
involved the registration of new vehicles and the conversion of
records already in circulation.
record for old vehicles was closed in 1983 and vehicles which were
undergoing restoration at that time were issued with letters from
the DVLA. In 1990 rules were introduced which allowed vehicles to
claim back their original mark, on a non-transferable basis. This
means that you will not be able to transfer it or put it onto retention
at a later date.
to register your vehicle under its original number
To register a vehicle which is not recorded at the DVLA because it
missed the 1983 deadline you will need to complete application form
V765 available from your nearest DVLA local office or for download
from the vehicle forms link above. Applications for original vehicle
registration marks are considered in the first instance by vehicle
enthusiasts clubs. A list of authorised clubs is set out in booklet
V765/1 which is available from DVLA local offices or by download on
the motoring leaflets link below.
To apply you should:
> complete form V55/5 available from a DVLA local office
> complete form V765
> provide a recent photograph of the vehicle and documentary evidence,
such as the original log book, a pre 1983 tax disc or MOT certificate,
linking it to the original number.
application should be sent to a relevant authorised owners or enthusiasts
club to be endorsed. You will not be obliged to join the club but
you may be charged a fee for the service and the club may wish to
inspect the vehicle.
The V8 Register can assist MGV8 enthusiasts - it has practical
experience of the V765 process and the MG Car Club is authorised to
endorse applications to the DVLA.
What happens next?
The endorsed application will then be forwarded to DVLA for processing
and a V5C registration certificate will be issued. The original number
will be allocated on a non-transferable basis. In cases where the
original number was re-allocated by the local taxation office or transferred
to another vehicle, DVLA will allocate another number appropriate
to the age of the vehicle.
If this is
a non-suffix or prefix number, it will also be non-transferable.