Motor Vehicles: Registration

Department for Transport written question – answered on 13th January 2022.

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Photo of Greg Smith Greg Smith Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average amount of time required by the DVLA is to process a new V5C registration application form for a historic vehicle.

Photo of Greg Smith Greg Smith Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce incorrect rejections of historic vehicles V5C forms.

Photo of Greg Smith Greg Smith Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure historic marque specialists are consulted in the appeals process for rejected VC5 applications for historic vehicles.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

An application to register a used vehicle (which includes historic vehicles) with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for the first time takes on average between four to six weeks. A vehicle registration certificate (V5C) is then issued for the vehicle.

The DVLA advises applicants on how best to proceed with their application if further evidence is needed and information is also available on GOV.UK.

The DVLA regularly engages with historic vehicle owners’ clubs and takes into account information received from historic marque specialists in support of applications. The DVLA recognises that some vehicles require the expert opinion of specialists to ensure that historic vehicles are preserved. Every effort is made where evidence allows to reunite vehicles with their original registration numbers and if that is not possible to allocate alternative age-appropriate registration numbers.

The DVLA has recently set up a user group to support the historic vehicle sector. This promotes collaborative working between representatives from the historic and classic vehicle sector in relation to the DVLA’s services, policies, and initiatives.

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