FBHVC assisting DVLA with historic vehicle backlog

Posted: 171105

Registration of old vehicles
The guidance on the GOV.UK website is available via the link below:
Registration of older vehicles

Reconstructed classic vehicles
Guidance to getting an age-related registration plate.
Guidance on the GOV.UK website

Register a vehicle under its original registration number (form V765)
Guidance on the GOV.UK website
DVLA has been facing a huge backlog of around 6-10 weeks for paper registration applications
This issue has mainly been attributed to industry difficulties brought about by COVID, as there are fewer people available to manage paperwork.

A statement released by FBHVC mentions the House of Commons Select Committee for Transport met to question the DVLA on what their strategy is for overcoming the current backlog of over 1.4 million license applications. Also, to answer MPs questions around industrial disputes and staff shortages brought about by the pandemic. The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs has lent its support to the hardworking staff at the DVLA who have been dealing with a hugely increased workload in the wake of personnel shortages brought about by the pandemic. We think every workplace can relate to the struggles of the past 18-months.

The Federation, through their constant dialogue with the DVLA and the close working relationship built up over many years, has managed to put systems in place whereby member clubs, (such as the MG Car Club), their representatives and experts on the ground are able to assist the DVLA through the outsourcing of certain elements of registration processes to the historic vehicle community. These have included in the past the V765 scheme but also more recently, the validation of imports and VHI applications. The Federation believe these established processes are key to helping the DVLA deal with the backlog for historic vehicles and effectively outsources much of the investigative process and verification the historic vehicle community.
See the FBHVC news item on 22/07/2021