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    What do I do with the V5C logbook?


    The V5C form, officially known as a “Vehicle Registration Certificate” is the document that verifies the identity of your car. Originally intended to store information such as whether or not a car is insured, there have been changes to the document over the years, including a requirement to contain Anti-Corrosive Protection (ACP) details.


    The V5C is a document that UK Police use to verify your vehicle is recorded on the DVLA database. This database of vehicles is official, so you can do with your V5C document as you like. In fact, this article will explain what a V5C logbook is, and how to deal with one when you scrap a car.


    The document issued by the DVLA to every vehicle’s registered keeper. If you haven’t already guessed, it is quite literally a ‘certificate of [vehicle] registration’ and the certificate is given to show that you are the legal owner of the vehicle (only registered keepers can apply to scrap a car). The DVLA will issue you with a new version of the V5C logbook when you scrap your car.


    What is the V5 document?


    The V5C is the vehicle registration certificate and it’s also known as a logbook or Certificate of Roadworthiness. It has details relating to the owner, the vehicle and its registration/registration number. Any queries about vehicles or their registration are dealt with by the DVLA. The V5C can be found in the vehicle itself (it may be left in the glovebox) or you can request another copy from the DVLA if you’ve misplaced yours.


    As per DVLA legislation, a new V5C must be issued when you register a new car – supplying the logbook also enables you to legally drive the vehicle on public roads. The V5C can also include information on motor tax – a compulsory payment used to fund your country’s road network. Tax is usually based on a percentage of the car’s market value and is generally delivered as part of the annual car insurance payment. VAT may also be included in this payment.


    Completing your V5C logbook when you scrap your car


    You must complete the V5C logbook and return it to the DVLA. But if you’re selling your car, you can complete and sign the parts of this form while the collection driver is present. This will be quicker for you – and reduce the chance of errors because you have all the information at hand to complete it correctly.


    Complete this V5C logbook when you scrap your car and return the remainder to the person collecting it from you. The form is easy to use and guidance notes are provided. Alternatively, if you’re selling or transferring a vehicle, keep a reminder to yourself in your diary so you don’t miss the deadline.


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