Vehicle registration

This chapter explains the registration documents, certificates, numbers and plates required by vehicles and trailers, including how to obtain and make changes to them.

Updates for 2020:

  • A change to vehicle number plate standard BSAU 145e.

Download the vehicle registration chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law


  • Trailer registration.
  • Applying for a V5C.
  • Registration of vehicles using a V55/1 or V55/2.
  • Registering your vehicles using a V55/4 or V55/5.
    • Documentation confirming your name.
    • Documentation confirming your address.
    • Applications from businesses and companies (including fleet operators).
  • Continuous registration.
  • Change of ownership.
  • Change of address or name.
  • Selling a vehicle to the motor trade.
  • Registration numbers and plates.
  • Registration of number plate suppliers.
  • Supplier registration fee.
  • Format.
  • New number plate standard BSAU 145e.
  • Release of information.

Download the vehicle registration chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law

Registration Explained

A vehicle which is used on the roads must in all but a few cases be registered. This involves the identification of the vehicle through a unique registration mark. The owner of the vehicle must provide DVLA with details of the vehicle and its keepers, and they in turn will issue a registration document or certificate which confirms that the registration has been effected. A registration document or certificate (V5C) shows the registered keeper of a vehicle. The registered keeper is the person who keeps the vehicle on a public road and it is important to note that this does not have to be the legal owner.

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