Notifying the DVLA when you buy a used car
You must notify the DVLA as soon as you buy a used car:
Certificates and registration documents
- V5C certificate present The seller completes the "new keeper" section and you both sign the form. The seller sends this to the DVLA and gives you the green section.
- No registration papers Be wary of buying cars with no registration papers. In general, it's best to wait for the seller to get a replacement before you buy - there's a risk the car is stolen. If you do go ahead (because you know the seller, say), use the DVLA's application form V62. You can get it from the Direct Gov website or a post office.
Make sure you also check the registration papers to ensure they're genuine.
You should get a new registration certificate within two to four weeks (longer if you've sent in a V62). Check it to make sure your details are correct.
Any person buying a used car should also seek their own independent advice
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Help and advice
Some relevant frequently asked questions
When does the 60 days start? When I register, purchase or when I check the first vehicle?
The 60 days start from the date of purchase of the AutoCheck.
Can you buy a check over the phone?
This service is an online service only, so we are unable to carry out a check over the phone.
When do I get my check?
You report appears as soon as you have successfully made your purchase. The results are instant.
How much does the data check insurance cost?
There is no extra charge for the data insurance, it is included in the cost of your check.