Last updated March 10, 2023
If you are preparing to scrap your car (or plan to do so in the near future), it is important to familiarise yourself with the correct procedure to ensure compliance with the law.
For instance, in order to scrap a car, it is a legal requirement that your chosen scrapyard, or Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) produces a Certificate of Destruction (CoD). There are also a variety of documents which you will need to present at the ATF.
The V5C logbook is a useful document that can help to prove you own a vehicle, making the scrapping process easier. Unfortunately, it is easy to lose and misplace your V5C logbook, which can make things a little trickier.
Yes, it is possible to scrap your car without a V5C logbook. If your car has been declared SORN (which means it’s ‘off the road’ and not suitable for driving), you won’t require a V5C logbook to scrap it.
When scrapping a car that isn’t SORN, it can be helpful to show the logbook as proof of ownership. However, when scrapping your vehicle, you can simply notify the DVLA that you’re selling your car for scrap, and the missing logbook shouldn’t be an issue.
Here are the steps you need to take to scrap your car without a V5C logbook:
The DVLA will be happy enough for you to scrap a car without a V5C logbook. It is, however, your legal responsibility to inform the DVLA if you intend to do so. You should always notify the DVLA when you’ve scrapped your car and provide them with up-to-date information, including:
Once completed, this letter should be posted to:
DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR.