How To Let DVLA Know That You've Sold Your Car

Posted on 22 February 2017 by CarTakeBack

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When you sell your old car with us, you'll still need to inform the DVLA. You can follow these simple steps online:

Tell DVLA you've sold your car

Before you start you need to make sure that your name and address are correct on your registration certificate (V5C) - that's your log book. And if you have a personalised registration, make sure you've transferred the registration number you want to keep.

This online service from DVLA is available for you to use, Monday to Saturday from 7am - 7pm. You'll need your registration number and the 11 digit document reference number from your registration certificate (V5C).

Step by step guide to notifying DVLA

Here's our step by step guide for what you need to do to tell DVLA you've sold your car:

To notify DVLA you'll need to go to the sold a vehicle to the motor trade page on the website.

  1. You'll need the name and postcode of the trader who bought your car. These are on the emails we send to you. Enter these details and select 'Find address'.
  2. Choose the right address from the list, then select 'Next'.
  3. Enter your car registration number.
  4. Enter your 11 digit reference number from your registration certificate, then select 'Next'.
  5. Tick the box to confirm that you understand you'll lose responsibility to your old registration number. *Remember, if you have a personalised registration that you want to keep, you will need to make sure you've transferred the registration number you want to keep.
  6. Enter the date of sale.
  7. Lastly, if you'd like an email confirmation, enter your email address and select 'Confirm sale'.

Once you've completed this you should destroy the yellow section 9 of your registration certificate (V5C/3). That's it!

DVLA will send you a letter confirming that you are no longer responsible for the car, to the address on your registration certificate (V5C). If a letter hasn't arrived within four weeks, contact DVLA customer enquiries on 0300 790 6802, as you could still be liable for your old car.

If you haven't sold your old car yet, we can show you instantly how much your car is worth.


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