New red DVLA V5C Car Registration Document

September 29th, 2011


DVLA V5C Car Registration Document is going red

The V5C Car registration document is where you will find details of the registered keeper. It’s also sometimes referred to as the car logbook.

Many will have seen the new red V5C Car Registration Document. If you’ve bought a new car in the past 12 months, or changed your car registration number, then you will have received the new red V5 document.

If the document for your car is blue, don’t worry.

At the moment, both of these are valid.

But the old blue V5C document is gradually being phased out… and will eventually be replaced on all vehicles. From September 2011, when a vehicle is taxed or declared SORN, the DVLA will automatically replace the V5C with a new red one. Even when there is no change in owner or private car number plate. So it won’t be long before pretty much every car will have the new style V5C.

So why is it changing?

The DVLA has changed the colour and layout of the document. Their reason is to make it more customer friendly, and highlights how potential buyers should check the legitimacy of the car they are considering buying. More information can be found at

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2 Responses to “New red DVLA V5C Car Registration Document”

  1. Ali says:

    I got a letter with the new v5 document that some old blue style ones were stolen so they have replaced the whole lot to avoid fraud.

    Shudnt they be a little bit more responsible? printing and sending to millions of people new style document (its costing who?)

  2. Kiran says:

    It’s not as bad as it sounds… most are being updated when they would naturally be replaced anyway. Such as when there is a change of owner, keeper’s name, or when the private registration number is amended.
    The rest are being done when the car is re-taxed or declared SORN – so only these are additional.
    Don’t know what numbers are involved though.

    The new V5 also encourages potential buyers to check the ownership of the car when buying.

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