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V5 registration document changes - cars

From 15th April 2019, changes will be seen on the new V5C document. The V5C document is the owners certificate to say you own a used car.  So what are the changes:


Front cover

  • The document reference number has moved to the top and the words ’Don’t share, keep it safe’ 
  • Multi-coloured guidance section has been added to the bottom
  • Enforcement message has been added to the front
  • The name and address on the front has moved to the top
  • Date of acquisition has been moved to below the document reference number



  • The vehicle details have been rearranged to the top half of the page to create extra room 
  • Change of keeper and change of name and address have been separated
  • Customers can now supply contact details
  • Section 5 (permanently exporting this vehicle for more than 12 months) – country of export field has been added
  • Section 6 (new keeper’s slip) – name and address fields removed 


  • Data capture boxes introduced for accuracy and simplification
  • Signature boxes removed and replaced with declarations in red
  • Welsh version on one side and English on the other
  • Back page of the English document has been left blank
  • V5CW – serialised across the three pages that are V5C issuing sections (at the top)
  • V5C – serialised on the front cover and back page that are document issuing (at the top)
  • Document reference number has been added to each section
  • Simplified instructions
  • Perforations have been changed on the last page (the only separated section is the green 'new keeper' slip)

Your old V5C documentation is still valid and you will only get a new one if you notify them of any changes for example, change of address, sold on etc

Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Simon Shield Cars on 01473 658091.


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