The vehicle registration certificate V5C(NI)
All Vehicle Registration Certificates V5C(NI)s issued by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) now have a new look. The new V5C(NI) makes it clear that the registration certificate is not proof of ownership. It provides details of where you can get advice on buying a used vehicle.
What is the V5C(NI)?
The V5C(NI), commonly known as the ‘logbook’, is a certificate that is issued when a vehicle is registered with the DVA. The V5C(NI) is sent to the registered keeper who is the person responsible for registering and taxing the vehicle. This may not be the owner of the vehicle.
The information it shows includes:
- vehicle registration number
- vehicle keeper’s name and address
- other important information about the vehicle (the make, vehicle identification number (VIN) and number of previous keepers)
The V5C(NI) is not proof of ownership, as DVA records keepers and not owners. While the V5C(NI) doesn’t prove ownership you shouldn’t buy a vehicle without one.
How has the V5C(NI) changed?
The most obvious change is the colour. The front is red instead of blue and the customer information sections on the back have been made simpler.
Why change the V5C(NI)?
The re-designed V5C(NI) now makes it clear that it is not proof of ownership and will provide details of where you can get advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of vehicle crime.
When will I get a new style V5C(NI)?
DVA is replacing all existing blue V5C(NI)s and will issue a new red V5C(NI) for all vehicles who have not already had one by November 2012.
You will also receive a new style V5C(NI) when:
- you buy a new vehicle and the DVA are notified
- you apply to change any vehicle or personal details, such as change of name and/or address
- your V5C(NI) has been lost, stolen or destroyed and you apply for a replacement
Please continue to use your blue V5C(NI) until you receive a new red one, when dealing with the Post Office® or DVA.
Is the blue version of the V5C(NI) still valid?
The blue version of the V5C(NI) is still valid so you can still use it to:
- tax or SORN your vehicle
- notify DVA of any changes to the vehicle or keeper details
- sell your vehicle
If you are buying a used vehicle, whether the seller has the red or blue version of the V5C(NI), they are both valid. Both documents should show the ‘DVL’ watermark when you hold them up to the light.
Remember that checking the V5C(NI) is only one step in the buying process. There are many other checks that you need to carry out before you make the decision whether to buy a vehicle. For further information go to: