DVLA are changing the V5C

DVLA are changing the V5C, it will now be red in colour

From 15 August 2010, DVLA will be issuing a revised version of the V5C.

The revised V5C is a different colour (red) and makes clear that the V5C is not proof of ownership.

It will be issued to anyone who registers a new vehicle, or who notifies DVLA of a change of keeper or of changes to a vehicle

What is the V5C?

The V5C, commonly known as the ‘logbook’ is a certificate that is issued when a vehicle is registered with the DVLA. The V5C is sent to the registered keeper who is the person responsible for registering and taxing the vehicle. This may not be the owner of the vehicle.

The information it shows includes:

  • vehicle registration number
  • vehicle keeper’s name and address
  • other important information about the vehicle (the make, vehicle identification number (VIN) and number of previous keepers)

The V5C is not proof of ownership as DVLA records keepers and not owners. While the V5C doesn’t prove ownership you shouldn’t buy a vehicle without one.

How has the V5C changed?

The most obvious change is the colour. The front is red instead of blue and the customer information sections on the back have been made simpler.

Why change the V5C?

The re-designed V5C now makes it clear that it is not proof of ownership and will provide details of where you can get advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of vehicle crime.

When will you get a new style V5C?

A new style V5C will be sent to you when:

  • you buy a new vehicle and the DVLA are notified
  • you apply to change any vehicle or personal details, such as change of name and/or address
  • your V5C has been lost, stolen or destroyed and you apply for a replacement

Is the blue version of the V5C still valid?

The blue version of the V5C is still valid so you can still use it to:

  • tax or SORN your vehicle
  • notify DVLA of any changes to the vehicle or keeper details
  • sell your vehicle

If you are buying a used vehicle, whether the seller has the red or blue version of the V5C, they are both valid. Both documents should show the ‘DVL’ watermark when you hold them up to the light.

Remember that checking the V5C is only one step in the buying process. There are many other checks that you need to carry out before you make the decision whether to buy a vehicle.

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