Accelerated rollout of new red V5C

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Updated: 210911
DVLA has sent out a notice of the accelerated rollout of the new red V5C (the vehicle log book). The new red V5C was introduced in August 2010 as a more secure and customer friendly document which highlights the need for buyers to check the legitimacy of the vehicle presented for sale. More information is at

From 4th September 2011, when a vehicle is taxed or declared off the road (SORN), DVLA will automatically send the registered keeper a new red V5C if they haven’t already been issued with one. Registered keepers will be advised to destroy their blue V5C and to use the new document in any future dealings with DVLA or the Post Office®.

As part of this process an insert giving customer advice will be included with V5Cs. A PDF copy is attached for your information. Please note, the number included on this insert will not be operational until October 2011.

Why is a new red V5C being issued?
Chris Hunt Cooke reports that in 2006, a batch of blank V5 documents wwas stolen. DVLA introduced a re-designed document as a matter of urgency in order to protect vehicle buyers. DVLA started using the new red V5C last September for new issues and indicated that in a year’s time they will be issued for all remaining vehicles whenever they are re-taxed or SORN declared. More 210710
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