How do I register my new car?
If you’re buying your car brand new, you may find that the dealer will register the car for you. That’s one less thing to worry about. You should then receive a V5C registration certificate in the post, which is usually referred to as the ‘log book’. If the dealer doesn’t do it for you, don’t worry, you can do it yourself via the DVLA website (www.gov.uk) or you can visit the Post Office.
If you’re buying your car second-hand, the process is a bit more complicated. The seller needs to complete section 6 of his or her V5C form. This is called ‘new keeper or new name/new address details’. Both you and the seller then need to sign section 8. Finally, they should fill in section 10 ‘new keeper supplement’ and you take this section away with you.
After that, they pop the amended V5C form to the DVLA in the post and you should receive a new one in return.
This can take anything from 2 to 4 weeks, so don’t panic if it doesn’t arrive straight away. If it still hasn’t arrived after 4 weeks, you can find a V62 form called ‘Application for a vehicle registration certificate’ on either the DVLA website or in a Post Office. If you send this, along with the V5C supplement that you received from the seller, it will prevent you having to pay a new registration fee.