Older drivers may well remember the old-style green or buff car log books made from folded card; thus it was book-like. When vehicle records were computerised we changed over to a less interesting piece of paper which is currently known as a V5C document. Curiously, the term ‘log book’ has stuck and it remains one of the most important documents associated with any car that has an owner.
It is in fact a criminal offence not to have a car that is not correctly registered, as many have found out the hard way. For example, when you sell your car to a dealer, he will want this document. Without it you will not make a sale. Similarly, when you buy a car it is essential to check that all the paperwork and documentation is in order, something we make sure of here at eCars247. We even also do a HPI check
for added security.
So What Is V5C?
Well, it is the document that registers a vehicle at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, usually shortened to DVLA. If you own a car or have purchased a new motor, then you should have a V5C Registration Certificate associated with that vehicle. This document provides all the required information including the date it was first registered, the vehicle’s maker, its colour, the capacity of its engine and so on.
The V5C also confirms who the ‘registered keeper’ of the car is. Note: This term does not mean the same thing as the owner. Registered keeper specifically refers to the person responsible for taxing the vehicle, and not necessarily the person with a legal claim to ownership. So you might be running it and taxing it but the car may well be owned by your Father. When someone is buying a used car, the buyer should ensure they get the V5C document from the seller, with its details updated.
Staying Up To Date
You must immediately update the V5C document if you change your name – if getting married for example - or address. If you make any modifications to the vehicle or if you sell the vehicle on, then immediate action is again required. Having incorrect details, such as the wrong address on the V5C can potentially lead to a hefty fine, so be warned. When a change needs to be made, you can learn how to by searching the DVLA online. Basically, you’ll need to send the entirety of the V5C to the Agency, with your new name or new address filled in the appropriate section of the document. The revised paperwork will come back in due course.
If for whatever reason a vehicle doesn’t have a V5C document accompanying it you'll need to get a V62 registration document, fill it in, and post it to the DVLA so you can register it in your name. Inevitably, you will have to pay a fee to complete this process, however. When it comes to official documents, there is always a fee!
Also, if you become aware that a used car you’re considering buying doesn’t come with a V5C, or you suspect the V5C it comes with isn’t authentic, then walk away because something is very wrong. That’s why we offer a complete service to car buyers
, from selecting a vehicle to it being delivered to your door
– with all the correct paperwork!