The National Traction Engine Trust

The new registration certificate is being introduced following the theft of a number of blank certificates in 2006. The aim is to reduce the risks to motorists of buying a stolen or cloned vehicle.

The new documents will be issued from 15 August 2010 for all newly registered vehicles and when there are changes to an existing registration, such as a change of keeper or address.

From the middle of next year, the new certificate will be issued to all remaining vehicles when they are re-licensed or declared to be off the road.

The existing blue V5C will remain valid for these vehicles until it is replaced and DVLA will not be asking for the old V5C to be returned.

I don't believe there are any sinister undertones that effect the traction movement per se, however I would advise those who do change to the new documents to check and ensure that ALL relevant details including any exemptions and vehicle class are properly carried to the new document.

David Smith
Head of Technical Services Unit

27 Jul 2010