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How to Complete DVLA Form V55/5


Mark (smokey mow)

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Mark (smokey mow)

This question seems to crop up every now and again on the Boardroom and TBH the DVLA forms aren’t the easiest to understand, there was a very useful guide on the Totalkitcar website but that too has now vanished. I researched this a lot last year when I went through the process of registering my SDV build and have helped a few others the same since then.

The application forms for First Registration (form V55/5) is not available for download on line but you can request for an application pack, the forms and guideance notes to be sent to you by filling in your details here. Alternatively the forms can be collected from DVLA local offices.

In order to register a car built it’s necessary to fill in this form and if the car is built from Donor parts and not presented with a certificate of newness from the factory you will also need to complete Form V627/1 declaring where the major components have been sourced from.

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The Application form also comes with a set of guidance notes V355/5, which is many cases are easy to understand however the form is for used for registering of both imported vehicles as well as new cars and kit cars, I have therefore summarised below the answers required when registering a Westfield for the first time.

1. Registration Mark – Leave this box blank for the DVLA local office to fill in your new registration number.

2. Taxation Class – For a Westfield this will be “PLG (Private)”, however the instructions in the guidance notes V355 ask you to leave this blank for the DVLA to complete.

3. Period of Licence applied for – Indicate either 6 or 12 months.

4. Registration Fee and Duty payable – At time of writing the current first registration fee is £55 and for vehicles over 1549cc the duty is £112.75 for 6 months or £205 for 12 months.

5. Make – “Westfield”. Additionally write “GG” in box 9, this is a reference code allocated by the DVLA specifically to Westfield Sports Cars.

6. Model – e.g. SEIW, SEight, Megabusa.

7. Type of Body/Vehicle – For a Westfield this will be “Sports”.

8. Wheel Plan – For cars this will be “2 axle rigid”

9. Colour(s) – Up to two main colours may be entered or multi-coloured. (e.g. Red, Green, Blue, Black and not shades Crimson, Burgundy, etc)

10. Type Approval Number/Category – Leave this box blank, the DVLA will complete this to record future emissions data for MOT tests. Do not write N/A, SVA or IVA in this box.

11. to 15. – Not required when the vehicle has been IVA tested, write N/A in these boxes.

16. Number of seats – Either “One” or “Two” for a Westfield.

17. Max Net Power (KW) – This box must be filled in and is the power measured at the flywheel. To convert BHP to kW multiply to BHP by 0.7457.

18. Technical Permissible Maximum Towable Mass – only complete this if you plan to use your Westfield for Towing and fit a tow ball, otherwise write N/A in this box.

19. to 22. - Not required when the vehicle has been IVA tested and has a weight of less than 3500kg, write N/A in these boxes.

23. Max permissible mass – Take this from the VIN plate on the car, normally about 900kg.

24. Power/Weight Ratio – For Motorcycles only. Write N/A in this box.

25. Date of original registration – This form is also used for imported vehicles, however for new kit cars this will be the current year. The recommendation in the Totalkitcar guidance was to use the date of the SVA/IVA test pass.

26. Date of registration in the UK – as above.

27. Euro Status Directive number - Not required when the vehicle has been IVA tested, write N/A in this box.

28. Date from Which Licence will run – The date you want the road tax to start on.

29. Type of Fuel – Normally “Petrol”.

30. VIN/Chassis/Frame Number – The 17 digit number as stamped into the chassis rail and VIN plate.

31. Engine Number – The cars engine number.

32. Cylinder Capacity (cc) – The engine size in cc.

33. CO2 – This may be recorded on the Ministers Aprroval Certificate (MAC) issued at the IVA test, otherwise write N/A in the box.

34. Mass in Service – This will be the weight of an empty car but with a full tank of fuel and a 75Kg driver.

35. to 41. - Not required when the vehicle has been IVA tested, write N/A in these boxes.

42. Year of Manufacture – Enter the current year.

43. Partial Postcode of Purchaser – Enter the first part of your postcode.

The questions on the reverse side of the page are all self explanatory, [Edit] with the exception of question 44:

44. Is the vehicle exempt from type approval - Answer no or write IVA in this box. Your evidence of compliance will be the Ministers Aproval Certificate (MAC) issued to you when you pass the IVA test.

Once you’ve done all this complete the declaration on the revese side and include the necessary documentation:

- Documentation confirming the keepers name and address - See Form INF148 for details of which documents can be provided.

- The duty payable – A cheque for the first registration fee and duty.

- Certificate of insurance – You wont be able to provide this until after a registration number is allocated so write a note to this effect on the application form.

- MAC Certificate

- Certificate of newness or Completed form V627/1

- Original receipts (not copies) for major components

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deanoecosse
Thanks for that Mark, that will come in very handy for those of us about to put our cars through IVA/register for the road.
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adamnreeves

Mark,

I have built my Westy mostly from new parts. I can count on one hand items that were not new and none of these are major components. Not all the parts are Westfield sourced so obviously a certificate of newness is not applicable here. I have all the receipts. Does this mean I need to complete a V627/1 or not? I am wishing for a new 10 age related reg.

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Mark (smokey mow)
Adam, my take on this is that if you can't produce a certificate of newness then you should fill out the V627/1.  Obviously on this form you will then declare in the Origin column of the form that the parts are new and hence produce copies of the supporting receipts for these and the other parts.  If all the major parts or new or (as an ammeteur built vehicle) a maximum of 1 major part is second hand and refurbished to a new condition then you should be allocated a registration for the current year (ie 2010).
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adamnreeves
Oh one other thing v55/5 is for used vehicle whereas v55/4 is for new so I guess I need this one.
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Mark (smokey mow)

Oh one other thing v55/5 is for used vehicle whereas v55/4 is for new so I guess I need this one.

Yes sorry should have clarified that, V55/5 is for Q/plates, donor/age related kit applications, Imports, rebuilds etc, AFAIK V55/4 would be for new cars.

The only difference between the two forms is that the V55/5 has the date boxes 25&26 which aren't really necessary for a kit car.

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adamnreeves

Been across to local DVLA office and picked up a V55/4 along with a V627/1. I have three questions peeps. Serial number for axles? This would be the drive/half shafts. Do they have serial numbers I didn't notice any. Does the prop shaft count as an axle? What about stub axles on the front.

They ask for receipts for suspension front and rear. Where do I stop with that one: wishbones, uprights, springs, dampers, hub..

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Mark (smokey mow)

IMO Axles are: driveshafts, hubs (front and rear).

Transmission: Propshaft & Diff

Steering Assembly: Rack, Upper & Lower Columns & steering wheel

Suspension: Wishbones & Shock absorber assemblies.

As my car was built from a pallet donor I provided receipts for my starter kit, a photocopy of the V5 (that's a story for another day :D), shocks, steering rack, steering column and steering wheel.

It's dificult to know where to stop with listing these items and providing receipts but more detail and receipts is probably better than not enough. I know of a guy building a jag based corbra replica who when he presented his car to the DVLA was nearly given a Q-plate for declaring on the V627/1 the steering assembly as being from the Jag.  The examiner on the day took one look at the steering wheel (which was aftermarket) didn't even check the column and other parts and proclaimed that it wasn't from the donor and hence wouldn't give him the age related plate.

If a part has a serial number then you can record it on the form but for most with the exception of the engine and chassis there wont be anything.

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Found this thread to be really helpful for filling in my registration forms.

Just a couple of questions for clarity:

Is the "Certificate of Newness" referred to here the same thing as the "Engine Age Certificate" which WF provided with my new engine?

Did anyone experience any issues with registering without an insurance certificate. My insurance company are adamant that they cannot insure a car that hasn't been registered, yet according to this you need a insurance certificate to get registered. Do DVLA just accept this, or am I caught in a vicious circle of bureaucracy!?

Thanks

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Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

Then you've got the wrong Insurance company.

 

You can, with a suitable kit car specialist insure the car based on its chassis number, prior to its registration. This is a very common and entirely normal, standard practice.

 

It's also how you can legally drive to an IVA test! There are restrictions though, IIRC, for example, when I built mine, the chassis number based cover note was only for three or four weeks at a time. If you needed longer, you had to apply for a new cover note.

 

the cert of newness and engine paperwork are different things. The cert of newness is to say all the Westfield supplied parts are brand new, (or an accepted equivalent), strictly I think, it should only be issued when all parts for the car have been bought from the factory.

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Thanks Gadgetman. The choice is rather limited in Northern Ireland and all the insurers on here such as A-Plan, Footman James, etc don't insure across the pond.

I am open to suggestions from any other N.I. Members, but the main insurer over here seems to be E. A. Davies, who wouldn't insure without being registered.

I will go back to Westfield about the Certificate if Newness, as I did buy a complete kit from them.

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Mark (smokey mow)

I can't add much more to what Gadgetman has already said other than the agree with his comments :)

 

The Certificate of newness is effectively a document provided by the vehicle manufacturer (in this case Westfield) with a complete kit or factory built car to demonstrate to the DVLA that all the parts used in it's construction were new and therefore the car is elegable for a current age related registration.  In Adam's case above, and by the sounds of it uch like yourself where some parts were bought new from alternative suppliers you can use the V627/1 form to declare the age and source of the major components and supply the receipts for these.

 

If you only need the insurance certificate for registration and not to drive to the IVA test, then do as I did and write on the application form "Insurance certificate to follow on issuing of registration number".  My local office (Ipswich) were happy to accept this and following their inspection they telephoned me a couple of hours later with the regisitration number they would be giving me so I could arrange the insurance and then I dropped the certificate in for them later that week when it arrived.

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Cheers. Will try that. Can't wait to get her registered and on the roads!

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chrisando

Mark,

Your 2010 post is still coming in useful today.

I'm just goiong throught the IVA / Registration malarkey at the moment but it's been further complicated by the fact that they've closed all the regional DVLA offices so I can't go in and talk to someone across the counter and get them to give the forms a once-over.

Looking at the form, though, it doesn't seem to have changed over the years so fingers crossed.

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Mark,

Your 2010 post is still coming in useful today.

I'm just goiong throught the IVA / Registration malarkey at the moment but it's been further complicated by the fact that they've closed all the regional DVLA offices so I can't go in and talk to someone across the counter and get them to give the forms a once-over.

Looking at the form, though, it doesn't seem to have changed over the years so fingers crossed.

 

Any Q's - give me a shout - did this a couple of months ago :)

 

9 day turnaround from me posting off the forms and having the plates in my hands :yes:  :cool:

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