How to Fill in the Form V55/5

Download V55 Form here

A copy of the V55/5 form ‘Application for first vehicle tax and registration of a used motor vehicle’ for you to complete is included with your vehicle report. Additional copies can be printed from DVLA website or ordered from the DVLA Swansea, by telephone DVLA helpline 0300 790 6802 or online at the government website

Use black ink and print clearly.

Follow the directions below:-

Answer the questions as follows:

  1. Top box on right. Insert country vehicle purchased from
  2. Question 1 The registration only if you know it. The DVLA will fill this in for age related applications

  3. Question 2 Taxation class ‘historic’

  4. Question 3 leave blank

  5. Question 4 leave blank

  6. Question 5 manufacturer ‘BSA’

  7. Question 6 make ‘BSA mainly although it could be Ariel in case of Ariel 3’

  8. Question 7 Model ‘A10 Golden Flash, B31, C11G, D1 Bantam etc’

  9. Question 8 Type of body ‘Motorcycle’

  10. Question 9 Wheelplan ‘2 wheel’

  11. Question 10 Colour ‘main tank colour e.g gold, green, maroon etc’

  12. Questions 11-23 ‘leave blank’

  13. Question 24 date of original registration in any country ‘Only if you have an old log book or a foreign title

  14. Questions 25 Year of manufacture ‘take from vehicle report’..

  15. Questions 26 Date of registration in the UK ‘only if you know it’.

  16. Questions 27-30 leave blank.

  17. Question 31 Type of fuel ‘petrol’

  18. Question 32 VIN/chassis/frame number in full – ‘The full frame number including prefixes and suffixes taken from the bike and not off the log book’

  19. Question 33 Engine number ‘The full number including prefixes and suffixes taken off the engine not off the log book’

  20. Question 34 Cylinder capacity ‘the cylinder capacity’

  21. Questions 35-67 leave blank

  22. Question 68 Partial post code of purchaser ‘the first 3 or 4 letters and digits of your postcode’.


  24. Question 69 leave blank’

  25. Question 70 complete fully except DVLA fleet number

  26. Question 71 date of birth – you must give this if a person has been named as the keeper. DVLA will hold this information but it will not appear on the V5C.

  27. Questions 72 ‘Historic vehicle’.

  28. Question 73 mileage in miles not kilometres

  29. Questions 74-76 ‘leave blank’

  30. Sign and date bottom of form.

Updated 19th December 2023