Last updated July 28, 2022
If you’re just about to buy or sell your car, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll hear of a V5C. This is an incredibly important document relating to your car, so it’s crucial that you know what it is (and what to do with it) to ensure you’re following the process correctly. We’ve put together a simple but extensive guide detailing everything you need to know about a V5C document.
A V5C, also known as a V5, logbook, or vehicle registration document, registers your vehicle with the DVLA.
It intends to record the registered keeper of the vehicle - legally, this is the person registering and taxing the vehicle, not necessarily the owner. Normally, these will be the same but there are occasions on which this might differ.
A V5C document includes the current registered keeper and the date of first registration. It contains all the essential information about your car, such as the manufacturer, the date it was first registered, the engine size and colour.
It should also show your personal details such as your name or address, if any modifications have been made to the vehicle, or if you have a personalised registration plate. Information like the car’s value, accident history and service history won’t be shown here.
When you purchase or sell a vehicle, you must inform the DVLA that the vehicle has changed hands. The owner will give the new owner the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) of their form.
On the front cover of your V5C, you’ll see a panel giving guidance about the six sections. This will inform you of which section you need to fill in. (If you don’t see this, you’ll have an older version of the V5C.) Each section will include instructions on what to fill in.
Section One enables you to change your vehicle’s details. Section Two should be filled in with the relevant requested information when you’re selling or transferring your vehicle to a new keeper (not a trader). Section Three of the V5C should be filled in if you need to change your name or address. Section Four should be filled in if you’re selling, transferring or part exchanging this vehicle to a motor trader. Section Five covers permanently exporting the vehicle for more than 12 months, and Section Six is the new keeper slip.
All V5Cs are paper, so you should follow the above process.
The seller will register the vehicle to you either online or by post, and fill in the green new keeper slip and give this to you. The DVLA will then send out a new V5C to you in 3-5 days, and the seller should destroy the old V5C.
If you’ve lost your V5C, you don’t need to worry - you can get a replacement.
Simply order the duplicate V5C online or over the telephone and it will be posted to the address the DVLA has on record.
You can also tax your car without a V5.
You can either fill in the relevant paper section and post it or complete a change online.
Simply visit the gov.uk website to change your address.
Fill in the relevant section and post it to the following address:
As above, fill in the relevant section and post it, or complete a change online.
You should update your V5C if you have any changes in circumstances, such as a change in address, name, or vehicle.
You should contact the DVLA with the following information to inform them that your vehicle has been written off:
It’s entirely possible and 100% legal to sell a car and transfer ownership without your V5C document. The V5 is a record of the registered keeper, not proof of ownership, so providing you inform the DVLA you can sell without the document.
The V5C number can be found on top of the document where you see a set of numbers, indicating the serial number of the document issued to you.
No; it is a record of the registered keeper.
A logbook will generally take 6 weeks to come.
Download and fill in the V62 form. Send it to the DVLA with the green ‘new keeper’ slip you were given when you bought the vehicle (you don’t have to pay a fee).
Apply online and you should receive it at the address registered.