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What to Do When You Sell or Buy a Vehicle

bild254438_v-variantBig16x9_w-576_zc-915c23faThere are plenty of vehicles all around the world and it’s an industry that is continuously developing, considering the evolution of technology and the need for people to use better transportation means. There are available plenty of cars on the market, custom made or series made and everyone can choose the right type of car that they need. Apart from this, you can always buy an already used car, especially if you don’t have the money to get a new one. There are many chances to get a very good car and the prices are very competitive.

However, there are certain obligations that you have to fulfil when you sell a vehicle or when you buy one. Apart from the fact that you have to have a driving license to be able to use the car, you’ll also need to know several things about taxes, so using the DVLA contact information is the best thing that you could do in such a situation.

What You Need to Know

First of all, when you plan to buy a vehicle, you need to know that the SORN or the tax doesn’t come with it. You will have to tax the vehicle before being able to drive it – it’s a mandatory obligation that everyone has to go through, no matter if you buy a new vehicle or an already used vehicle from someone else than a dealer. Apart from this, you will also need to have the right type of car insurance before being able to drive it on public roads.


About the Tax

When the time comes for taxing the vehicle, you will need to have your log book, in the case when the vehicle is registered on your name, and you will have to use the reference number made of 11 digits. If you have just got the vehicle, you will need the new keeper supplement slip – for those situations when the vehicle is not on your name – and this reference number has 12 digits. Keep in mind that under no circumstances can you use the seller’s tax reminder.

When You Sell and Transfer the Ownership of the Vehicle

In this situation, the SORN or the tax isn’t passed to the new owner when you sell the vehicle to someone else. It doesn’t matter if you sell the car to a family member or to a complete stranger – the same legislations apply.

300px-DVLA_old.svgWhen this happens, you will have to contact DVLA and tell them that you have sold the vehicle. They will give the new owner a special logbook, and you will receive a tax refund through a check for any remaining months until the end of the year.

The tax refund will be automatic if you have transferred or sold the vehicle that you’ve had, if you have scrapped it, if you have exported it or if you have made a statutory off road notification – the SORN, meaning that you have taken the vehicle out off the road. Another situation is when you have got a vehicle that is exempt from vehicle tax – as a information, this usually applies to eco cars (electric or hybrid types of vehicles).

What Does DVLA Do?

DVLA or Department of Vehicle and Licensing Agency is under the umbrella of Department of Transport and is strategically located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.

This executive agency is responsible for keeping and managing over 47 million driver records and over 39 million vehicle records. Around £ 5.6 Billion is being collected by this agency for VED or Vehicle Excise Duty.dvla-logo

In Great Britain, the registration and licensing of drivers are processed while the licensing and registration of vehicles and collection of enforcement of VED is done in the UK.

In a nutshell, DVLA is the core agency that utilizes the statistical information to refine the processes and laws about road safety, decrease crimes related to vehicles, aid environmental initiatives and of course restrict vehicle tax evasion.

Among DVLA’s priorities are:

    • Improve customer service through simplification of policies and technology landscape
    • Grow new revenue, opportunities across the government and efficiency through utilization of assets
    • Improve customer service through recognition and response to different customer needs.
    • Make sure to get the right vehicles and drivers taxed. And get them on the road safely, efficiently and simply for the benefit of the general public.
    • Build an authentic culture that is confident, commercial and focused on customers
    • Become centre of excellence by developing its capabilities.



Previously, DVLA was called DVLC of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre.  Local authorities transferred the responsibility to DVLA over 40 years ago.  Currently, DVLA is among the largest employers in South Wales with over 5,000 staff in total.

Through the years, the agency has been dedicated in keeping up with the dynamic demands of the system and radically transformed its process from being a paper-based organization to a digital motoring-conviction-main-4organization, which is more effective and efficient.  It’s continually growing and improving digital services have been a great factor, which made DVLA a multi-award winning agency.


For your information, here are some of DVLA’s responsibilities:

  • Issuance of photo card driving license
  • Driver Endorsement, Disqualification and Medical Condition Recording
  • Implementation of Enforcement actions against Vehicle tax evaders
  • Selling of DVLA personalized registration
  • Be in coordination with Police and Intelligence authorities in dealing with crimes
  • Issuance of Vehicle Registration certificates to vehicle keepers
  • Registration and issuance of tachograph cards
  • Issuance of anonymised data to qualified individuals


For your various concerns may it be about driver and vehicle licensing, registration, driver’s medical issues or taxes – DVLA contact center is available to help you.  However, before you start contacting DVLA make sure to check the Driving and Transport section and check if your issues can be answered by the pre-provided answers to common issues. It will practically save you time in the phone if you do a quick scan on their website and check if your questions can be answered by the information they have provided there.


On the bottom of their website, you will also find helpful links like information about:

  • Disabled people
  • Benefits
  • Driving and transport
  • Childcare and Parenting
  • Business and Self-employed
  • Crime, Justice and Law
  • Births, Deaths, Marriages and Care
  • DVLA_vehicle_wrapCitizenship and Living in the UK
  • Money and Tax
  • Visas and Immigration
  • Working, Jobs and Pensions
  • Education and learning
  • Employing people
  • Housing and Local service
  • Environment and countryside
  • Passport, travel and living abroad


It is always wise to be well aware of what it entails to be a driver or driving a vehicle. Being on the road is not only an opportunity but also a responsibility. Make sure to acquire all required licenses and registration first. Then, make the effort to learn the process. Tax is also your responsibility; ensure that you are well informed