How to Replace Missing Car Documents

It can be easy to misplace paperwork, but when it comes to paperwork for your car, it is very important to keep it in a safe place. Documents you’ll want to keep stored away include your diving licence, your MOT documents, your log book, and any other important paperwork to do with your vehicle.

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What to do if you lose your paperwork

Losing vital documentation can be a worry, but it’s nothing to panic over. As long as you know who can provide the duplicates, they will have them sent out in a matter of weeks. Follow our guide to learn how to replace the important paperwork for your car.

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Driving Licence

A driving licence, whether it’s the paper copy or hard copy, can be replaced via the DVLA. Get in touch and apply for a duplicate. If none of your details have changed and your licence doesn’t expire within the next 56 days, you can apply by phone on 0300 790 6801.

You can also apply via email on the site, or apply the more traditional way by post. Fill out the necessary form dependant on your vehicle and send to:

  • Drivers Customer Services
  • Correspondence Team
  • DVLA
  • Swansea
  • SA6 7JL

Either way, all modes will cost a fee of £20 and will take approximately 3 weeks for the document to arrive.

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MOT

It is still legal to drive if you’ve lost your MOT certificate, as long as it is in date and a replacement has been applied for. If any troubles arise during the process, a digital copy can be viewed via the VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), the service that oversees MOT testing. But, how do you replace your MOT certificate? This can be done from any DVA Test Centre by completing an application form. Alternatively, they can be contacted by their telephone booking line at 0345 247 2471.

It will cost up to £10 and all they need to see is the vehicle registration certificate (V5C), also known as the log book, to start the process.

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Log Book

The log book provides all the information about the car, including its history, past and present owner and when it was manufactured. This is a vital document when it comes to selling the car. Requesting a replacement log book can be done through the DVLA and whichever method you use it will often cost £25.

Get in touch by phone on 0844 453 0118. It can also be done via post, but a V62 will need to be downloaded, filled out and sent to the following address:

  • DVLA
  • Swansea
  • SA99 1DD
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Car Insurance

A missing insurance certificate can be retrieved from the insurer. Some companies may charge a fee for this up to £30, so make sure you’re aware of this before you request a replacement.

Receiving a duplicate car insurance document can be done similarly to the other documents via, the phone one post, but contact your insurer to find out their procedures.

Why you need the paperwork?

Paperwork for your car is needed for a number of things, and without it, you could cause some tricky issues. Below are two of the key situations where documentation will be required:

  1. Selling your car

     

    When it’s time to upgrade and move on to a new car, the paperwork is an essential to sell your car. Not just to prove that you own the vehicle, but also to pass on to its new owners.

  2. Replace lost keys

     

    Losing car keys can be a nightmare, but it happens. They can be replaced by having the spare key cut or have the manufacturer send you a brand-new key. However, in both scenarios, the car’s paperwork is needed. This is again to prove you own the car; nobody wants to provide a set of keys to someone who has potentially stolen the car. Replacing any documents for your car should be simple and hassle-free providing you have all the relevant information, but they must be done as soon as possible.

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