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How To Transfer Ownership Of Your Vehicle

Corner Park Garages, Swansea and Cardiff

February 28, 2019 at 11:26 AM

When you want to transfer the ownership of a car to a private buyer, a family member or motor trader, it's not enough to simply exchange money and hand over the keys.

There are certain procedures you have to follow and authorities that need to be informed of this change. This guide will explain how to legally transfer a car to its new owner.

NOTIFY THE DVLA

You must inform the DVLA (Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority) of any ownership change whether you're:

PRIVATELY SELLING

There are two ways to apply for vehicle ownership change when selling privately: online and offline.

APPLY TO TRANSFER VEHICLE OWNERSHIP ONLINE

To make the process easier and save the DVLA some paperwork, you can now report a change of ownership using their online form which will guide you through a series of questions.

In order to complete the transfer of ownership online, you will need the 11-digit reference number from the vehicle's V5C registration document (also known as the logbook). You will also need the new owner's details including their name and address.

Registering a new vehicle owner online has a number of added benefits. Firstly, the DVLA will have an instant record of the point of sale and the new keeper's details, so if they trigger a speed camera or park illegally after buying the car from you, the DVLA knows to send the ticket to them, not you.

Completing the online process automatically triggers an email and letter sent to you confirming the successful transfer of ownership. The new owner will also receive an email confirmation (if they gave you their email address) and a new V5C in the post in the next five working days.

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APPLY TO TRANSFER VEHICLE OWNERSHIP OFFLINE

If you don't have internet access, or just prefer exclusively using the log book, you can complete the transfer of ownership to another person by filling out sections 6 and 8 on the V5C and sending it to the DVLA in the post.

SECTIONS 6 & 8

Section 6 is titled 'New Keeper or New Name/New Address Details' and can be used to change the registered keeper or notify the DVLA that the current keeper has changed name or address - for example, after marriage or moving house.

To transfer ownership to a new keeper, you will need the buyer's name and address, as well as inputting the date of sale. There are spaces to enter the car's mileage and the driving license number of the new keeper, but these are both optional.

It's very important to tick the box next to the letter 'K' in this section to confirm that you are transferring ownership to a new keeper.

Once section 6 is complete, you and the new keeper must sign and date the appropriate parts of section 8 titled 'Declaration'. The entire left hand page needs to be removed by tearing or cutting along the perforated centre fold and posted to the DVLA at:

DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BN

Other than the cost of a stamp, there is no fee to transfer ownership when selling a car privately. The new keeper can expect to receive a new V5C in their name within four weeks.

SECTION 10

When selling privately, you also need to tear off section 10 of the logbook, commonly known as the V5C/2 and titled 'New Keeper's Details'. While the buyer waits for their V5C to arrive in the post, this slip provides temporary documentation of the change of ownership.

The V5C/2 contains essential vehicle details including the registration number, make, model and date of registration. There is space to enter the new keeper's name, address and date of sale which can be copied from section 6.

It's important to give this section to the buyer so they can apply for road tax, which will need to be completed before they can legally start using the car on the road.

TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP TO A FAMILY MEMBER OR SPOUSE

Even though money might not change hands when a car passes to a son, daughter, husband, wife or other family member, the DVLA still needs to be notified that the vehicle has a new keeper.

You can follow the same online or offline process as selling privately outlined above to transfer ownership of a car to a family member or spouse.

TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP ON DEATH

In the unfortunate event that someone passes away while being the registered keeper of a vehicle, the DVLA will need to be notified to remove them as the registered keeper. If it's available in your area, you can use the Tell Us Once service or write to the DVLA. Your letter must include:

  • Your relationship to the person who died
  • The date they died
  • Their name, address and date of birth

You do not need to send a death certificate, although it would be useful to include the person's driving license if you have it. The postal address is the same as above.

KEEPING A VEHICLE AFTER SOMEONE DIES

If you want to keep a vehicle after someone has passed away, you need to inform the DVLA that you want to become the new keeper and tax it in your own name before using it on the road. The way you do this depends on whether you have the vehicle's V5C.

If you have the V5C: 

  1. Fill in section 6 and tick the 'New Keeper' box
  2. Tear off and keep section 10 (V5C/2)
  3. Write a letter explaining your relationship to the person who died, the date they died and who should be paid any vehicle tax refund
  4. Send the V5C with your letter to: DVLA Sensitive Casework Team, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZZ
  5. Use the V5C/2 to tax the vehicle in your name before using it on the road. Alternatively, if you want to register the vehicle as off the road (SORN), you will need to include form V890 with the V5C

The DVLA will immediately cancel any existing vehicle tax and direct debits. You will receive a cheque for any tax refund and a new V5C in your name within four weeks.

If you don't have the V5C:

  1. Fill in form V62 to apply for a new V5C in your name - there will be a £25 fee
  2. Write a letter explaining your relationship to the person who died, the date they died and who should be paid any vehicle tax refund
  3. Send the V62 with your letter to: DVLA Sensitive Casework Team, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZZ. If you want to register the vehicle as off the road (SORN), you will need to include form V890 as well

The DVLA will immediately cancel any existing vehicle tax and direct debits. You will receive a cheque for any tax refund and a new V5C in your name within four weeks. Use the new V5C to tax the vehicle in your name before using it on the road.

SELLING A VEHICLE AFTER SOMEONE DIES

If you want to sell a vehicle after someone has passed away, you need to inform the DVLA of the new keeper. The way you do this depends on whether you have the vehicle's V5C and who you're selling the vehicle to.

If you have the V5C: 

Write a letter explaining your relationship to the person who died, the date the person died and who should be paid any vehicle tax refund. Send the letter and the right part of the V5C to: DVLA Sensitive Casework Team, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZZ.

  • Selling to a private individual
    • Fill in section 6
    • Give section 10 (V5C/2) to the buyer
    • Send the rest of the V5C with your letter
  • Selling to a motor trader
    • Fill in section 9
    • Get the motor trader to sign and date section 9
    • Tear off section 9 and send it with your letter
    • Give the rest of the V5C to the motor trader
    • Make
    • Model
    • Registration number
    • VIN plate number
    • Buyer's full name
    • Date of sale
    • Signature of buyer and seller
    • Price and payment terms
    • Vehicle is 'sold as seen'
  • If you don't have the V5C:

    Whether you sell the car to a private individual or motor trader, they will need to fill in form V62 to apply for a new V5C in their name - there will be a £25 fee.

    You need to write a letter explaining the date you sold the vehicle, your relationship to the person who died, the date the person died, who should be paid any vehicle tax refund and the buyer's name and address. Send the letter to: DVLA Sensitive Casework Team, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZZ. 

    SELLING TO A MOTOR TRADER

    If you want to part exchange or sell your car to a dealership, dismantler or scrapyard, you have to use the vehicle's V5C and it cannot be completed online. It is a very straightforward process that the motor trader or other organisation will be used to completing.

    You need to fill out section 9 (also known as the V5C/3) of the logbook and ensure that the dealership, dismantler or scrap company sign and date the relevant declaration on the right hand side.

    Tear off the completed section and send it to the DVLA (DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BN). Give the rest of the V5C to the motor trader or other organisation.

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    SELLING A CAR WITHOUT THE V5C

    As you can see, having a V5C is imperative to changing vehicle ownership easily whether you complete the process online or via post. The DVLA actively advises motorists to not buy a car if the seller doesn't have the V5C because it is difficult to tax and you could be purchasing a stolen vehicle.

    However, you may be able to convince a private buyer, dealer or online buying service to purchase a vehicle without a logbook. If that is the case, you'll need to provide a bill of sale including all the information required on the V62 form:

    The buyer will then need to obtain a new V5C in their name. If you don't provide information they need, you can expect the buyer to get in contact with you.

    TAXING A CAR THAT HAS CHANGED OWNERSHIP

    As of 1st October 2014, vehicle tax is no longer transferrable between owners, tax discs have been abolished and the process of taxing a vehicle has moved online.

    Before the new keeper can legally drive the car, it needs to be taxed in their name. If you're buying from a dealership, they will often take care of this for you. However, if you're buying from a private seller or transferring ownerhsip from a family member, you will need to use the V5C/2 (section 10) of the logbook.

    If you're the seller, you will receive a tax refund in the form of a cheque for any outstanding car tax left on the vehicle. Alternatively, if you pay by direct debit, this will be cancelled as soon as the DVLA are notified of the change of ownership.


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