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How the law affects you

Find out how we keep you on the right side of the law when you sell your scrap or used car.

What should I do with my car's registration certificate?

First of all, you will need your V5C also known as the vehicle registration document, this document states that you are the owner of the vehicle. Not having this piece of documentation will prohibit the sale of your scrap vehicle, as this stops any unauthorized sales of vehicles.

Missing your V5C document? Head on over to Gov.uk to replace your logbook.

Keep the slip of yellow paper from your logbook! Also make sure you get a receipt from the recycling centre or authorized treatment facilities (ATFs).

Do I need to get in touch with DVLA?

Yes. You will need to get in contact with the DVLA to confirm that the vehicle is no longer your responsibility. This is done by sending the Certificate of Destruction (Also known as a CoD) to the DVLA.

How do I notify DVLA?

When you sell your car with us, you'll need to notify DVLA using one of the following methods. The Scrap your motor branch will be able to help you with this.

If you have the registration certificate (V5C)

You can notify DVLA using the Gov.uk website, where you will need the name and address of the Scrap your motor Branch (which will be shown on your confirmation email), your car registration, the 11 digit reference number from the latest vehicle registration certificate (V5C), the date you sold or disposed of your car.

You can fill in the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade’ section of your registration certificate, and send the perforated section to DVLA - DVLA, Swansea SA99 1BD. If you notify the DVLA via the Gov.uk website, you do not need to send the yellow section off.

If you do not have the registration certificate (V5C)

You should write to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1BD, giving your name and address, your car registration, the make and model, the date you sold or disposed of your car to us, the name and address of the Scrap your motor Branch (which will be shown on your confirmation email).

You’ll be sent a letter and an email confirmation (if you gave your email address using the Gov.uk website) confirming you’re no longer the registered keeper of the car, and a refund cheque for any full months left on your vehicle tax, calculated from the date DVLA gets your information - if you pay by Direct Debit, it’ll be cancelled automatically.

What is a Certificate of Destruction?

This document can only be generated at a recycling centre with an ATF licence. The Certificate of Destruction (Also known as a CoD) is a piece of documentation that you should receive when the car is recycled. This document states that you have correctly recycled your old motor, relinquishing you of responsibility of the old beauty.

Will I receive a Certificate of Destruction?

Yes. If you have scrapped your car at a verified ATF licence holding vehicle scrappage centre.

Can anyone issue a Certificate of Destruction?

No, this document can only be dispensed from a ATF licence holding vehicle scrappage centre.

What is an Authorised Treatment Facility permit?

Every vehicle scrappage facility must be authorized in scrap car recycling we hold an ATF permit, all Scrap Your Motor recycling centres hold this government accreditation. So, you are safe in the knowledge that your car is being scrapped by confident professionals.

How will I get my DVLA Certificate of Destruction?

We'll send you a copy of your via email.  Please check that emails from [email protected] don't get caught in your spam or junk folder.

If you don't have an email address, we can post it to you.

When will I get my DVLA Certificate of Destruction?

If you choose to scrap your car, we will usually email your Certificate of Destruction within 24 hours of your car being recycled.

If it doesn't arrive within 24 hours, you should post the completed section 9 (V5C/3) of your registration certificate to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.

What if I don't have my registration certificate?

Your V5C also known as the vehicle registration document, this document states that you are the owner of the vehicle. Not having this piece of documentation will prohibit the sale of your scrap vehicle, as this stops any unauthorized sales of vehicles.

Missing your V5C document? Head on over to Gov.uk to replace your logbook.

We recommend that you use our template letter to DVLA, where you should include the name and address of the Scrap Your Motor branch.

Will I get any confirmation from DVLA?

If you've received a Certificate of Destruction, you won't get any additional form of confirmation from DVLA.

If you have been in touch with the DVLA you should receive a letter from them. Confirming that you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.

Will I get any penalties if I don't notify DVLA?

You can be fined £1000 if the DVLA are not informed.

How do I prove my identity?

We need a form of photogenic ID that shows name and current address.

1. Accepted forms of photo ID:

  • An up-to-date UK passport
  • An valid EU state passport
  • UK biometric Immigration Document.

2. Accepted proof of address (which must not be older than 3 months):

  • Bank Statement
  • Credit Or Debit Card Statement
  • Council Tax Statement
  • Utility Bill (e.g. gas, electricity, water), excluding mobile phone bills.

Proving your identity is a requirement of The Scrap Metal Dealers Act in England and Wales and The Air Weapon and Licensing Act in Scotland.

How do I reclaim my unused road tax?

Reclaiming unused road tax is usally complete auomatically if your vehicle has any remaining months lefts on it. A cheque would be sent to your home.

If you don't get your refund within 6 weeks, contact DVLA.

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