Sold your car? You no longer have to send the V5 off

You can now inform the DVLA that you’ve sold a car to a trader or private buyer online, rather than filling in the relevant sections of the V5 logbook and notifying the organisation by post.

It come as part of the DVLA’s purge on unnecessary paper – following axing the tax disc and paper counterpart driving licence.

When selling your car privately, you’ll still have to fill in the V5C/2 section (new keeper supplement) and give that to the buyer.

But instead of filling in other sections of the V5, the DVLA advises you to destroy it and notify them online.

How does it work?

As the seller, you’ll get an instant email confirmation and a letter confirming you’re no longer the registered keeper. You’ll also get an automatic refund on any tax left on the vehicle – as tax is no longer transferable.

The buyer will also get an email confirmation (if you provide their email address) and a new paper V5 within five working days.

If you sell your car to a dealer or within the motor trade, you can also use the service to notify the DVLA.

Are paper V5s being axed?

Unlike paper counterpart driving licences and tax discs, the DVLA isn’t axing paper V5s entirely. You’ll still get one when you buy a car, and it is still possible to send it off in the post to notify the DVLA of any changes.

You can also transfer personalised registration numbers through the DVLA’s website.