It’s easy to damage or lose track of important documents like your log book when you’re renovating or moving house.
Luckily, you can always get a new V5C (Vehicle Registration Certificate) from the DVLA.
In this article, we’ll explain how to apply for a new log book, what you’ll need, and how much it will cost you.
You can apply for a V5C duplicate log book online if you or your insurance company have lost or damaged the log book, and there’s no need to change any information on it.
When applying for a log book online, you’ll need to provide the following details:
You cannot request a replacement for your log book online if:
It will cost you £25 to replace your log book, and you’ll typically get it within 5 working days.
Once you start the process of getting a duplicate, you won’t be able to stop it or get a refund, even if you find your old log book in the meantime.
Note: An outdated log book can cost you up to £1,000. You could also face a fine for driving in the UK without at least third-party insurance.
You can also request a new log book by calling the DVLA at 0300 790 6802.
Phone applications take longer to process, so it can take up to 6 weeks to get your replacement. Also, you can only apply over the phone if you’re not changing any details on your V5C.
You can apply for a log book online by post if you need to change the vehicle’s details.
When applying for a log book by post, you’ll need to download the application form for a log book (V62), fill it out, and post it to the DVLA at:
You’ll also need to send a cheque or postal order for £25 alongside the application.
Your log book should arrive in 6 weeks.
If you need to apply for a log book as a new owner of the vehicle, you can do that by downloading and filling in an application for a log book (V62 form) and sending it to the DVLA with your green ‘new keeper’ slip.
Applying for a log book as a new owner is free unless you don’t have a green slip, in which case you’ll need to pay the £25 fee.
Note: It’s rarely a good idea to buy a vehicle without a log book. The owner might have lost it, but there are cases where the registered keeper took out a log book loan.
If you don’t have a log book and you took the vehicle overseas without one, you’ll need to inform the DVLA via post.
The letter should include:
To register the vehicle outside of the UK without a log book, you’ll need to contact the local driving authority of the country you took the vehicle to.
You can tax your vehicle at a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax while you apply for a new log book at the same time.
You will need to:
If you already have a log book in your name, a green slip, or a V11 reminder letter, you can tax the vehicle online.
As a registered keeper of the vehicle, it is crucial to keep your vehicle log book details up to date, especially if you want to avoid a fine of up to £1,000 from the DVLA.
The process of replacing your V5C is simple and won’t take you more than a couple of minutes if you apply online. You could also apply by phone or post, which usually takes longer.
If you apply online, you should receive your replacement log book within 5 working days. Phone and post applications can take up to 6 weeks.
It costs £25 to apply for a duplicate log book, regardless of whether you apply for a new logbook online, by phone, or by post. You can apply for a log book by post for free as a new owner of the vehicle, but only if you can provide a green slip.
If the seller didn’t give you a green ‘new keeper’ slip, you can apply for a log book by posting a V62 form to the DVLA, along with a cheque or postal order for £25.
If you’re the registered vehicle keeper, you can apply for a new log book online or by phone. You should only order a new log book by post if you need to change your vehicle’s details or you want to both tax your vehicle and apply for a new log book at the same time.
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