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V5C Document Explained


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V5C Document Explained

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The V5C is a paper document issued by the DVLA to the registered keeper of a vehicle and is used to confirm proof of ownership and the specific details of a vehicle. It’s also used to inform the DVLA of a change of ownership, a change of name and address, or if a vehicle has been modified, scrapped or written-off.

A majority of the administration required for car ownership, like and your driving licence counterpart, is now digital, but the V5C remains a physical document that is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future. It is often referred to as the ‘V5’ or ‘logbook’.


What You Need To Do

When we come and collect your vehicle we will ask you for the V5C Document, our driver will fill out the V5C/3, We then take the original V5 and you send the V5C/3 into the DVLA. Click the picture below to be taken to the DVLA website.


What Next? 

The DVLA will send you a notification to let you know that your vehicle is no longer in your name. If you don't receive this notification you need to contact the DVLA in writing and inform them that your vehicle has been scrapped/sold and who collected it. We will send you any documentation you need to forward to the DVLA. 


Tax Refund

Usually once the DVLA receive the V5C/3 they will issue an automatic refund of any vehicle tax owed. Sometimes this might not always happen and the DVLA may request a certificate of destruction. Call out friendly scrap car experts on 03301 229 829 to have one sent to you. 

Your Registration Document

Although most things are now paperless we still have a hard copy of the vehicle ownership document sent out to us every time we buy a vehicle. It's the vital document to confirm who usually owns the vehicle in question.

V5C/1 Document 

Although they change every few years this is the current V5C document at the moment. You no longer need to send these into the DVLA and they can be completed online with the document reference number.

What if I don't have one? 

It's not the end of the world! When our drivers arrive we will give you a collection note/waste transfer document. This is confirmed collection from a registered scrap metal dealer and can be used to send into DVLA Swansea with a covering letter stating who you are and what vehicle you owned. This will notify the DVLA that you no longer own the vehicle. 

Applying For A V5C

If you still feel you would like your V5C at the point of selling or scrapping your vehicle you can apply by clicking the .Gov website above. You will have to pay a £25 fee to the DVLA and usually have to wait around 3 weeks for a new one to arrive. If we are buying your vehicle for scrap we don't need a V5C if your vehicle is purchased at a trade price if no V5C is present we usually deduct the £25 fee.