When to use a Machine Dating Certificate

A) If your vehicle does not have a registration number:-

1. Obtain proof of the year of manufacture of the vehicle from a club or organisation relevant to the make, model or type of vehicle. (Dating Certificate).

2. Arrange MOT Test Certificate and Insurance cover. This can be done using the frame number.

3. Contact your nearest VRO and explain what you wish to do. They may wish to inspect the vehicle, but in any event they can tell you how to proceed.

4. Complete V55/5 application form and submit to your nearest VRO together with your dating information, Test Certificate, Insurance documents and appropriate licence fee.

5. If the VRO is satisfied with the application they will issue an appropriate age related registration number. N.B. - Non-suffix numbers are issued non-transferably. The Vehicle Excise Disc will be issued straight away. The registration document should follow within six weeks.

B) If your vehicle is currently registered. but the registration number does not match the year of manufacture or if trying to acquire Historic Tax status:-

1. Obtain proof of the year of manufacture of the vehicle from a club or organisation relevant to the make, model or type of vehicle. (I.E. Dating Certificate).

2. Contact your nearest VRO and explain what you wish to do. They may wish to inspect the vehicle, but in any event they can tell you how to proceed.

3. Submit your V5 registration document, Dating Certificate and vehicle excise disc (if the vehicle is licensed) to the VRO. If they are satisfied with the application, they will allocate a more appropriate number.

N.B. - Non-suffix numbers are issued non-transferably. They will issue a replacement excise disc and arrange for a revised registration document to be sent to you.

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