The DVLA have advised us that they have restarted processing paper applications for retention of an existing registration number or applications for a period registration. However, there could be up to 6 months delay in processing an application sent in now as the the backlog at Swansea is considerable. It might therefore be a good idea to delay applying for a dating certificate for a few months because dating certificates have a 12-month life. If they run out while the DVLA is processing your application, everything will be sent back to you and you’ll have to ask Phill for another (FOC) dating certificate. You’ll then have to start all over again……
NACC Guidance on the DVLA’S Vehicle Registration Requirements
The NACC is recognised by the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to endorse applications from cyclemotor / autocycle / moped owners to either:-
(1) retain or recover a vehicle’s original UK registration number under the DVLA’s V765 Scheme (if the supporting evidence required by the DVLA can be provided) .
(2) provide a Dating Certificate for a new age-related UK registration number when the original number has been lost or there is insufficient evidence to recover it.
Information on each of these Club Vehicle Registration Services is set out below. It is worth noting that in both cases, the DVLA requires that the application from the vehicle owner is endorsed by the relevant Vehicle Owners’ or Enthusiasts’ Club (for under-powered tiddlers that’s us at the NACC!). For more details on the DVLA’s requirements see their website page relating to Vehicle Registration – Old Vehicles:-
(1) Applying to retain or recover a vehicle’s original registration mark
If you own a vehicle whose registration mark is not held by the DVLA, you may be able to successfully apply to recover it. You must, however, be able to provide documents that ‘prove’ the machine is linked to the registration mark. Ideally, this should be an old buff or green logbook. Without an old logbook the following may be considered at the discretion of the DVLA; an MOT certificate or an extract from approved archive records, or other official documentation that records the frame / engine serial number with the registration mark.
If you can provide the required evidence, contact the DVLA (or your nearest Local Vehicle Registration Office) and check if the registration mark is listed on the DVLA computer. If the registration mark is not listed you will need to make an application using DVLA forms V765 and V55/5. Contact the DVLA to request these be posted to you – you can now do this on-line from the DVLA website.
Once you have the forms, you will need to send the following to us at the NACC. Our address for this service is available from the Machine Registrar (see his contact details below):-
1. Form V765, completed and signed.
2. Form V55/5, completed and signed.
3. Photographs showing both sides of the complete machine.
4. Clear photographs, preferably with rubbings (you can use a pencil and paper), of both the frame and engine numbers.
5. Original logbook or other supporting documentation.
6. Your NACC membership number, if applicable.
7. Cheque payable to NACC for £12.50.( £30.00 for non-members).
8. S.A.E. if you require confirmation that the application has been verified.
9. Stamped but unaddressed envelope approximately 9 x 6 inches.
- All photographs are non-returnable.
- All machines must be complete and original and may be subject to examination by the DVLA.
- The NACC also reserve the right to examine any machine at the applicant’s expense (generally the cost for mileage) should the need arise to do so before verification of such an application.
- When posting V765 applications to the Club it is advisable that you make sure that the correct rate of postage stamps are affixed to the envelope. Also, print your return address on the back of the envelope. You may wish to use Recorded Delivery.
(2) Applying for an ‘age-related’ registration mark
To obtain an age-related registration mark from the DVLA you will need to complete DVLA form V55/5. You can request that this be posted to you using the DVLA website. You can also request (or download) their useful guidance (V355/5) on how to complete your V55/5 application. You also require a ‘Dating Certificate’ issued by the NACC, verifying the vehicle’s age. Your vehicle must be roadworthy and have both a current MOT certificate (if required) and an insurance cover note showing the frame number.
To issue your Dating Certificate the Club’s Machine Registrar requires the following:-
1. Details of make and model of machine including frame and engine numbers.
2. Photographs showing both sides of the complete machine.
3. Clear photographs, preferably with rubbings (you can use a pencil and paper), of both the frame and engine numbers.
4. Your NACC membership number, if applicable.
5. Cheque payable to NACC for £10 (£20.00 for non-members).
The address for this service is available from the Machine Registrar – see his contact details below:-
To proceed with making the application to the DVLA you will need to send:-
1. Current MOT (if required – pre-1960 historic vehicles are exempt).
2. Insurance cover note referring to the vehicle frame number.
3. Dating Certificate.
4. Form V55/5, completed and signed, showing the date you wish the Vehicle Excise Duty to run from.
5. Cheque to cover DVLA’s First Registration administration fee (in 2016 this was £55.00, more details can be found on-line or in DVLA note INF54/1).
6. Cheque to cover the fee for the first year’s Vehicle Excise Duty (‘road tax’) – note: vehicles falling within the DVLA’s ‘historic vehicle’ taxation class have a nil cost.
- Dating certificates for cyclemotor attachments will cover the engine unit and include a statement as to the host bicycle being of a suitable date of manufacture for the issue of an ‘age related’ registration mark. N.B. your machine must be insured and M.O.T.’ed under its frame number when applying for an ‘age related’ registration mark.
- The NACC reserve the right to examine any machine at the applicants expense (generally the cost for mileage) should the need arise to do so before a Dating Certificate is issued.
- The DVLA may wish to inspect the vehicle before issuing a registration mark.
- The DVLA should return all your documents
NACC Machine Registrar, 18 High Lee Grove, Flockton WF4 4FG
CONTACT: Telephone: 01924 962056 (6pm – 9pm only) or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org