Can I scrap my car without a registration document?

If you want to scrap your car, you will need to send some documentation to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The V5C registration document is the most important document required by the DVLA, but it's not always possible to obtain one. If you have decided to scrap your car and do not have a V5 document, then the process is going to be a little bit more complex.

If this is the case for you, here are all of our tips on how to scrap a car without a V5C document:

What is a V5C?

The V5C, or vehicle registration document, is a legal document that records who has been named as the registered keeper of a vehicle. It is issued by the DVLA and contains your name as the registered keeper, along with your address and other information about your vehicle.

How to scrap a car without a V5

The DVLA will issue a letter to confirm that your car is no longer registered and give you a reference number. You can use this letter to prove that you have cancelled the registration of the vehicle, even if it doesn't have a V5C certificate.

What will the scrap company need?

If you have a vehicle to scrap and are unsure what documents are necessary, it may be helpful to know that most scrap car removal companies will only require two things: proof of address and photo ID. These documents can provide proof that the scrap company need without the V5.

What do you need to send to the DVLA?

You will need to send a letter of notification to DVLA explaining that your vehicle has been scrapped and requesting confirmation from them that the registration has been cancelled. This can take some time for the confirmation to come through, so it's best to be prepared for everything you might need. To complete a vehicle registration rectification, you must provide the DVLA with the following information:

• Proof of purchase (such as an invoice or receipt). If you don’t have any documentation to prove ownership, then your application will be rejected by DVLA.

• Name, address of the scrap company

• The owner’s signature and date


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