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Replacing a lost or stolen registration certificate

You must replace your registration certificate V5C(NI) (formerly known as a log book) if it’s been lost, stolen, damaged or defaced. You can apply by post using a V34(NI) ‘Application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C(NI)’

Apply by post

You’ll need to:

  • complete a V34(NI) ‘Application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C(NI)’ available for download, or from any Post Office® branch, or from a Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) local office
  • enclose the £25 fee
  • send your completed application to DVA, Coleraine BT51 3TA

If your name, address or both have changed, you can notify DVA on the V34(NI) form at the same time.

Original registration certificate destroyed by insurance company

The £25 fee isn’t needed if the vehicle has been categorised as 'C' salvage (repairable but repair costs exceeded the vehicle value) by the insurance industry.

However, the £25 fee must be paid if the vehicle has been categorised as A, B or D. (A = scrap only; B = break for spare parts only; D = repairable).

DVA will carry out checks to ensure that the vehicle criteria are met.  For further information about the categorisation of vehicles, you’ll need to contact your insurance company.

When to expect your new registration certificate

DVA aims to deliver a registration certificate to you within two weeks if you are already recorded as the registered keeper and within four weeks where there is a change of keeper. Allow at least six weeks for your registration certificate to arrive before contacting DVA.  If, for any reason, DVA is unable to issue a replacement Vehicle Registration Certificate V5C(NI) the fee will be refunded.

If the vehicle requires a Vehicle Identity Check (VIC)  a registration certificate won't be issued until DVA Testing advise that it has passed the Identity Check.

Replacing other documents

You may also need to replace your driving licence or MOT certificate.

If you need to replace a certificate of motor insurance you’ll need to contact your insurance company.

If you need to replace a certificate of entitlement you'll need to write to

Cherished Transfers
DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA.

An updated document will be delivered to you within six weeks.

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