The LDMCC is authorised by the UK’s Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to assist in applications to recover an original UK registration mark or to obtain an age-related mark. These services are available to both Club members and non-members. They are discounted for Club members, and a current membership number must be quoted where applicable when contacting the Club’s Machine Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org
Both original and age-related applications require completion of form V55/5. A useful guide to this process is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/v3555-application-for-first-vehicle-tax-and-registration-of-a-used-motor-vehicle-v555 Note that DVLA makes a charge for first registration of a vehicle; the current charge is shown in their guidance.
There is also a useful overview of the paperwork and processes at http://www.fbhvc.co.uk/legislation-and-fuels/dvla-and-dvsa/
To Recover an Original Registration Mark
The process of recovering an original registration mark requires indisputable evidence of the machine’s legitimacy. The DVLA accepts the following in establishing authenticity – the original logbook RF/VE 60, archive/library records, or a validated copy of the original county registration record, which many counties still hold and will provide for a small fee, or certain other pre-1983 documents such as an original invoice. Note – all must show the registration mark and frame number of the machine. It need not be in running order.
Full guidance is available from the Machine Registrar, who will pursue the case on the applicant’s behalf. Note that inspection of the machine is required by the DVLA.
The initial steps are as follows:
Ensure that the number being claimed is not already allocated – ring DVLA on 0300 790 6802.
Obtain a Form V55/5 from https://www.gov.uk/dvlaforms or from DVLA on 0300 790 6802. Complete the personal – but not machine – details, and sign and date the form.
Obtain a Form V765 from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-register-a-vehicle-under-its-original-registration-number Complete the personal – but not machine – details, and sign and date the form.
Take clear pencil rubbings and 6×4 inch photographs (on photo, not copier paper) of the frame, engine and gearbox numbers (the frame number must be cut back to bare metal).
Take full side-on photographs of both sides of the machine, complete and assembled.
Write a cheque for £25 for members, or £50 for non-members, payable to The London Douglas M.C.C.
Send all items to the Club’s Machine Registrar.
To Obtain an Age-Related Registration Mark
In these cases, the Club issues a dating certificate to assist the owner in the application for an age-related UK registration. Note – the machine must be ready for the road before the Club can issue a certificate.
Follow steps 2, 4 and 5 above and forward all items to the Machine Registrar, with a cheque for £20 for LDMCC members or £50 for non-members. Please make the cheque payable to The London Douglas M.C.C.
The Machine Registrar will then add the machine’s details to the form V55/5 and issue a dating certificate to support the application. Where there is uncertainty about a machine’s legitimacy, it will be necessary for the Machine Registrar to inspect the machine (at his address) to verify its identity and age. The Machine Registrar will then return the dating certificate, completed form V55/5 and validated photographs and pencil rubbings to the applicant.
The following items should be sent by the applicant to the DVLA at Swansea.
A valid insurance document, which must quote the frame number.
The LDMCC dating certificate.
The completed DVLA form V55/5, dated and signed.
The validated photographs and rubbings of the machine’s frame and engine numbers.
A cheque for the registration fee, made out to DVLA.
Where a machine has been imported, the DVLA may require a ‘NOVA’ (Notification of Vehicle Arrival) certificate, available from HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs).
The photographs and rubbings, with the dating certificate and form V55/5, will be returned to the applicant by the DVLA with the new V5C registration document.
Full guidance is available from the Machine Registrar.