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Changes To How Your Log Book Works

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The V5C document, often known as the log book, is a record of a car's registered keeper. After abolishing the paper tax disc and the driving licence paper counterpart, the DVLA's next step in its migration to an electronic system was to update how the V5C document works.

When a car was sold, both the buyer and seller previously had to fill in the relevant sections of the log book. The seller gave section V5C/2 to the new keeper and sent the remaining part of the document by post to the DVLA to confirm the change of registered keeper, with the new keeper receiving an updated V5C by post after the update had been processed.

The new system means that sellers still have to give the new keeper a completed V5C/2 section; however, rather than filling in the counterpart section of the V5C and posting it to the DVLA, they update the car's registered keeper status online. The changes will be confirmed instantly by email and followed up by mail. The process works in the same way for buying a new car or for selling to the motor trade rather than a private buyer. This process should then see any outstanding VED (vehicle excise duty) automatically refunded.

If you do not have internet access, you can still use the postal system; however, of course, the confirmation will not be instant.

The V5C document itself will not be changed, but if you are using the electronic system you should destroy the remaining parts after giving the new owner the V5C/2 section and completing the electronic transfer process.

Those who have lost their V5C can still apply for a new one using the same process ? fill out form V62 and send it to the DVLA. This process costs £25 and takes about six weeks.

The DVLA is hoping that its new electronic system will make the process of transferring ownership quicker and easier ? and save the agency money. Earlier this year a V5C on Demand service was launched for companies using the DVLA Fleet Scheme. In a bid to cut down on paperwork and save the DVLA millions of pounds, V5C documents are no longer issued with new fleet cars unless requested by companies choosing to opt in to the scheme.

The new scheme is now in operation. Failure to inform the DVLA about a change of registered keeper could result in a fine and also means that the previous owner could be liable for parking or speeding fines incurred by the new owner and for paying the VED on the vehicle.

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