How to register your vehicle and identity checks
To register a vehicle for the first time at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) local office you will need to present documentation to confirm your identity. This ensures that keeper name and address details provided at the time of registration are genuine, thereby preventing the fraudulent registration of vehicles.
The application forms
Name and address checks are required on all V55/4 and V55/5 applications to first register and license (tax) a vehicle.
Identity documents required
To register and tax your vehicle using application forms V55/4 or V55/5 you must also provide, either your photocard driving licence or one original document which confirms your name and one original document which confirms your address.
Documentation confirming your name
Documentation confirming your address
What you need to do to register
You will need to apply to register and licence the vehicle at a DVLA local office. The application form V55/4 or V55/5 should be accompanied by the following documentation:
any documents you have relating to the vehicle
If the vehicle is imported you will also require:
What happens next
The DVLA local office may wish to inspect the vehicle before allocating an appropriate vehicle registration mark. Your identity documentation will be returned to you with the vehicle tax disc. If you would like the documents returned by special delivery, you will need to provide a prepaid self addressed, special delivery envelope. The DVLA cannot guarantee the return of the documents by a specific date.
The DVLA will aim to deliver a new registration certificate to you within six weeks of applying at a DVLA local office. Please allow six weeks before contacting DVLA.
What if you do not receive the identity documents
Unless you contact the DVLA within three months of the date you sent your application, DVLA will not be able to carry out the necessary follow up investigation both at the DVLA local office and with Royal Mail. They will not be liable to any claim after the three month period.
Further advice and information
For further advice and information about registering a vehicle, you should contact your nearest DVLA local office.