The seller will usually notify theor that you have purchased your vehicle. The way in which the vehicle is registered to you will depend if it is new or used, if a registration document or certificate is available or you may register it yourself.
The dealer will usually arrange for the vehicle to be registered for you.
The way in which the DVLA or DVA is notified that you have purchased your vehicle will depend on the registration document or certificate available.
You should be given the top half when you purchase the vehicle. You must tell the DVLA or DVA as soon as you buy a used vehicle - do not wait until you need to re-license it. Tell the DVLA or DVA by completing the back of the registration document.
The person selling the vehicle must complete 'your details' in the top (blue) section. Both you and the seller need to sign the declaration. It is the responsibility of the person selling the vehicle to send it in to the DVLA or DVA. They should then hand you the V5/2 or V5/2(NI) green section appropriately filled in. The DVLA or DVA must be notified as soon as the vehicle changes hands.
The person selling the vehicle must complete section 6 'new keeper or new name/new address details' of the V5C. Both you and the seller need to sign the declaration in section 8. It is the responsibility of the person selling the vehicle to send it in to the DVLA or DVA. They should then hand you the V5C/2 or V5C/2(NI) green section appropriately filled in. The DVLA or DVA must be notified as soon as the vehicle changes hands.
If the seller does not have a V5 or V5(NI) registration document or V5C or V5C(NI) registration certificate, you should register the vehicle in your name by using form V62 'application for a registration certificate' or V34(NI) 'application for a duplicate registration certificate'. You can get one, or in NI from the , or from any Post Office® branch or a DVLA or DVA local office. The DVLA or DVA will then send you a new registration certificate in your name.
The DVLA or DVA will aim to deliver a registration certificate to you within two to four weeks of receiving the application. If you have applied on a V62 or V34(NI) application form, this may take up to six weeks as special checks have to be made. You should allow six weeks for the registration certificate to be delivered before contacting them.
When you receive your registration certificate from the DVLA or DVA, it is your responsibility to check that all the details are correct.