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Due to the planned closures of the local DVLA offices, this service is now under review, so please ask as to its current status.

1 GB Registration
We offer a GB registration service with the DVLA as part of our 'Premium' or 'Standard' Service Packages. 

2 'GB Registration' Service - Vehicles Self-supplied
We are able to offer a GB registration service with the DVLA if you have imported your car yourself whether RHD or LHD. The 'GB Registration' service fee is 280/320  for a standard application to include a set of number plates, but excludes the DVLA first registration fee (55/63) and DVLA VED fee ( road tax disc) which depends upon the vehicle. This is invoiced only on successful completion of GB registration.

3 Vehicle Excise Duty / Road Fund Licence / Road Tax 
These are various terms referred to the current licensing of the motor vehicle and is displayed in the front bottom left corner of the windscreen. Paid either annually or six monthly in advance, the rate depends upon the age of the vehicle, fuel it uses and the CO2 emissions - see http://www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk//ved_calculator.asp 
SPECIAL NOTE: Should you leave the UK permanently whilst there is at least one full month of road tax remaining, then you may apply for a refund for the remaining unused full months using form V14 available from any post office or from the DVLA website.

4a Documents - Proof of Name & Address
a) Proof of Name: Photo ID Style Licence, Paper Driving Licence, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Passport, Company Registration Certificate
b) Proof of Address: Photo ID Driving Licence, Recent Utility Bill (not mobile phone), Recent Bank or Credit Card Statement. The selected documents need to be scanned and submitted to us for verification.
See DVLA website link for more details on the documents.

4b Documents - Insurance
Original (not copy) Insurance Certificate or Cover Note issued by a UK insurer based on the 17 digit VIN. If necessary, state that the car is to be GB registered and will not be used on the public road until the DVLA has assigned a registration mark and the insurance company has been advised so that they can complete their records. An endorsement to this effect may be added to the insurance certificate or cover note if required.
SPECIAL NOTE: Should your insurance company decline to issue an insurance certificate or cover note based on the 17 digit VIN or chassis number, then we are able to submit the application to the DVLA Leeds, whereby the application will be processed to the point where a GB registration mark is assigned to the vehicle in order to advise to your insurance company to issue an insurance certificate or cover note based on the newly assigned GB registration mark. Once the newly issued insurance certificate or cover note is received by the DVLA Leeds, the application will be completed and your documents returned to you along with the tax disc.  

4c MoT Test Certificate (cars over 3 years)
All vehicles over three years of age from the date of first registration require a MoT Test Certificate issued by MoT Test Station prior to GB registration. The current charge is ca. 55/63 for a motor car. The vehicle may be presented on its non UK (foreign) number plates for the test. It is advisable to pre-book an appointment. 
A rear right fog light must be operational. The headlamps will be checked so as to provide either a dipped beam to the left or at least a level one. The speedometer is only checked for the number of kilometers or miles. 
See The UK MoT site for the latest details  

4d EU Certificate of Conformity (CoC)
All vehicles under tens years of age require an EU Certificate of Conformity (CoC) in order to register the car with the DVLA.

5 Application Processed
Once the DVLA application for first (GB) registration has been processed, the original documents will be returned to you along directly from the DVLA Leeds with the tax disc and the V948 Number plate authorisation form. The V5C Registration Certificate issued by the DVLA Swansea usually follows a week or so later.

6 V948 - Number Plates & Authorisation Form
The V948 will enable you to purchase a set of number plates from most car accessory stores, mostly while you wait over the counter. Proof of idenity will be required as explained on the V948.
Alternatively we normally are able to order a set of number plates and send them directly to your address once we have been notified of the registration mark assigned without the need of having the V948 form as we have an internal documented arrangement with the number plate manufacturer.

7 VAT on Used Cars
Used vehicles over six months of age and having covered 6,000 km and supplied from within the EU normally has had its VAT paid when new in their country of origin. EU rules stipulate that such vehicles no longer require VAT to be charged in the country of destination, just as you would not need to pay VAT for a used vehicle at home. Some exceptions apply - details on request. 

8 Use of GB Registered Vehicles in other EU Countries
Many of our clients then use and keep the vehicle on the Continent for instance at their second home. We may be able to advise on the implications of this from experience gained from other clients. Please ask for details.
SPECIAL NOTE: Should you leave the UK permanently whilst there is at least one full month of road tax remaining, then you may apply for a refund for the remaining unused full months using form V14 available from any post office or from the DVLA website.

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