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Contact Us - Driver and Vehicle Licensing

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Find information on buying and selling vehicles, registering a vehicle (including first registration duty based on vehicle emissions), exchanging registration numbers, notifying a change of name/address and what is required when you scrap or export a vehicle.

Please note that there is a fee of £29.00 to transfer a vehicle to a new registered keeper.  

Details of all fees in relation to Driver and Vehicle Licensing can be found here.  

  • Buying & selling a vehicle

    • When a Guernsey registered vehicle is transferred to a new keeper, Driver and Vehicle Licensing must be notified within 2 weeks.
    • To notify a change of keeper of a vehicle, please submit the following to our Bulwer Avenue office:
    • Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) / logbook
      • The Vehicle Registration Certificate should be completed on the reverse with the new keeper's details (name, date of birth and address) and both the old and new keeper's signatures in the 'Declaration' section. The bottom cut-off section may be retained as a receipt if required.
      • If the vehicle still has an old-style green cardboard log book, this must be submitted along with a completed  "change of keeper" form signed by both parties.
      • If the Vehicle Registration Certificate / logbook has been lost please see Duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate / Logbook section below.
    • Fee of £29.00
      • This can be paid by either party but must accompany the application. If you are posting the application and would like to pay by debit/credit card, please supply your contact telephone number and we will call to take payment over the phone.
    • The new Vehicle Registration Certificate will be posted to the new registered keeper within 2-3 weeks provided a local address is given.
    • If the vehicle is leaving Guernsey or a non-Guernsey address is provided for the new keeper, please see Exporting a Vehicle section below.
    • For information on buying and selling a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link
  • Duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate / Logbook

    • If your Vehicle Registration Certificate / logbook has been lost, stolen or destroyed please complete the application form for a duplicate here.
    • The fee of £14.00 should be submitted along with the application. The completed form can be scanned and emailed to dvl@gov.gg or posted to us. If you are posting/emailing the application and would like to pay by debit/credit card, please supply your contact telephone number and we will call to take payment over the phone.
  • Registering a new / imported vehicle (See section below for trailers)

    • To register a vehicle in Guernsey the following criteria has to be met:
      • The vehicle must be in Guernsey.
      • The vehicle must have been declared at, and cleared through, Guernsey Customs. Click here for further information.
      • The vehicle must be primarily for circulation on the roads of Guernsey.
      • The registered keeper of the vehicle must be a resident of Guernsey or a Guernsey registered company.
      • Please note that if your vehicle is a camper van you may need permission from Planning to park the vehicle on your property. Click here for further information.
      • Please also be aware of the additional requirements for the registration of motor vehicles owned by corporations here.
    • For information on registering a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link.
    • If a vehicle is being permanently imported into Guernsey by a permanent Guernsey resident, it must be registered within 14 days of arriving or should be kept on private land until it is registered. If a person is self-isolating on arrival, the period for registering a vehicle has been extended to 14 days from the date that isolation period ends. 
    • A new vehicle cannot be used on the roads prior to registration. To move such a vehicle it must be either driven by a motor trader using their trade plate, trailered, or towed until the registration has been processed by Driver and Vehicle Licensing.
    • To register a vehicle, please submit the following by post or in person to our Bulwer Avenue office:
    • Fee
      • A one-off registration fee of £46.00 is payable on all first-time vehicle registrations in Guernsey.
      • An additional one-off First Registration Duty will be payable for all 'new' and 'second-hand' vehicles being imported and registered in Guernsey for the first time.  However, certain 'low emission' vehicles will be zero rated. Please follow this link for more information: First Registration Duty
      • If you are posting the application and would like to pay by debit/credit card, please supply your contact telephone number and we will call to take payment over the phone.
    • Application form
      • Please complete an application form to register a vehicle, available here. (For trailer registrations, please see Trailers section below.)
      • If your vehicle is exempt from First Registration Duty, an application form for exemption or preferential rate is available here.
    • Registration document
      • If the vehicle is not new - you must submit the current registration document / log book for the vehicle. If this is unavailable, please apply for a Certificate of Export from the jurisdiction it is registered in. 
      • If you are buying a second hand vehicle from the UK, please make sure you keep the whole of the V5C (UK registration document) as you will need it to register the vehicle here. DO NOT send the V5C to the DVLA in the UK as they may not return it and they will not issue a Certificate of Export in its place. We CANNOT register the vehicle in Guernsey if you do not have the whole V5C.
      • If the vehicle is new and has never been registered - you must submit the manufacturer's original security documentation (e.g. V55/1 or V55/4 with Certificate of Newness and Certificate of Conformity). These documents are produced by the vehicle manufacturer.
      • If you are importing a new vehicle using the UK Personal Export Scheme please follow link to UK website guidance here or Direct Export Scheme please follow link to UK website guidance here - you must submit the VX302 (pink log book) or V308 (blue log book). Please note: the date the vehicle was temporarily registered in the UK will be recorded on the Guernsey Vehicle Registration Certificate as the date of first registration.
    • Proof of ownership
      • If you are not the current registered keeper of the vehicle, continuity of ownership must be shown, such as a bill of sale or invoice from the previous keeper.
    • Weight of vehicle
      • The weight (mass in service) of the vehicle must be provided. This can either be found on the current vehicle registration document or V55/1 as 'Mass in Service', or in the vehicle owner's manual. If the weight cannot be found, the vehicle must be weighed at a local weighbridge before it can be registered.
    • Width of vehicle
      • If the vehicle is over 2.1 metres (7 feet) in width it will need to be measured by Traffic Services staff. Please contact us on 01481 223400 to make an appointment.
      • If the vehicle is over 2.31 metres (7'6¾") in width and/or over 9.45 metres (31') in length then it is classed as an oversize vehicle in Guernsey. Please be aware that these vehicles cannot be freely circulated around the Island. You will have to apply for an oversize vehicle permit from Traffic and Highway Services at our Bulwer Avenue office.
    • As part of the registration process, the vehicle will be issued with a Guernsey registration number. If you have a registration number retained or allocated to another vehicle that you would like to use on the vehicle you are registering, please see Exchange a registration number section below. The registration plates will need to be ordered from a garage or motor spares shop so please contact them directly to arrange. Please follow this link for more information about registration plates.
    • You will need to notify your insurance company of the new registration number in order to obtain an insurance disc to display in the windscreen.
  • Trailers

    • For information about trailer registration please follow this link. For information about trailer construction and roadworthiness please follow this link.
    • For an application form to register a trailer please click here.
    • For an application form to de-register a trailer please click here.
  • Scrapping a vehicle

    • Please visit the Bulk Refuse website and complete their application form. You will need to select whether you wish for the vehicle to be collected or whether you will deliver the vehicle to the Guernsey Recycling scrap yard at Bulwer Avenue yourself. If you choose to have the vehicle collected, there is a fee of £30. If your choose to deliver the vehicle yourself and your application is approved, you will be sent a letter from Bulk Refuse to confirm this. Once you have received your letter you will need to contact Guernsey Recycling to arrange delivery.
    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing should be notified as soon as possible after a vehicle has been disposed of.
    • To notify us that your vehicle has been scrapped, please:
      • Submit the Vehicle Registration Certificate, with the relevant section on the back completed and signed.
      • If the Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book) is unavailable, please complete the following notification form.
      • You must state how/where the vehicle was disposed of.
      • You must confirm whether or not you wish to retain the vehicle's registration number for your future use (£92.00 fee to retain for one year). If you choose to retain the registration mark for future use, it will be retained in the name of the current registered keeper of the vehicle. The keeper will be issued with a Certificate of Retention for the registration mark. Once a registration mark is retained, it is non-transferrable, meaning that the registration mark can only be allocated to a vehicle registered in the same name.
    • If a vehicle has been sold or given away for spare parts, motor cross or sand racing, the vehicle must be transferred, please see Buying & Selling a Vehicle section above. The new keeper must notify us that the vehicle has been scrapped once the chassis of the vehicle has been disposed of by either Bulk Refuse or Guernsey Recycling. 
    • If the vehicle was scrapped outside of Guernsey, please see Exporting a vehicle section below.
    • Please note that unless we are notified by you that you have scrapped or exported your vehicle, it will remain registered in your name until we have received the relevant paperwork.
    • To de-register a trailer please complete the form here.
  • Exporting a vehicle

    • If you have moved permanently away from Guernsey and taken your vehicle with you, you must re-register your vehicle with the authorities in the area where you now live.
    • If you have sold or scrapped your vehicle outside of Guernsey, you must notify us.
    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing should be informed as soon as possible after a vehicle has been exported.
    • Do NOT send the Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book) for the vehicle to us. This will be required when re-registering the vehicle with a foreign authority.
    • If the vehicle has been sold outside of Guernsey, please complete the reverse of the Vehicle Registration Certificate with the new keeper's details (name, date of birth and address) and both the old and new keeper's signatures in the 'Declaration' section. The bottom cut-off section may be retained as a receipt if required. The Vehicle Registration Certificate should be given to the new keeper as they will require it when registering the vehicle with a foreign authority.
    • If the Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book) has been lost, you can request a Certificate of Export (£14.00 fee) by completing this form. The Certificate of Export can be used to re-register the vehicle in the absence of the Vehicle Registration Certificate. If the vehicle has been sold outside of Guernsey, please provide the new keeper's name and address and we will issue the Certificate of Export in their name and post it to them.
    • Once the vehicle has left Guernsey, please complete the following notification form. You must state that the vehicle has been exported and confirm whether or not you wish to retain the vehicle's registration number for your future use (£92.00 fee to retain for one year). If you choose to retain the registration mark for future use, it will be retained in the name of the current registered keeper of the vehicle. The keeper will be issued with a Certificate of Retention for the registration mark. Once a registration mark is retained, it is non-transferrable, meaning that the registration mark can only be allocated to a vehicle registered in the same name.
    • Please note that unless we are notified by you that you have scrapped or exported your vehicle, it will remain registered in your name until we have received the relevant paperwork.
    • Change of name and/or address

      • To update your Vehicle Registration Certificates you must:
        • submit all Vehicle Registration Certificates (VRCs) (or 'old green 'log books' , if applicable) with your new address completed on the back.  If you are unable to find a VRC or logbook you will be required to apply and pay for a duplicate VRC.
      • To update your driving licence you must:
        • submit both the card and paper counterpart of your driving licence (both full and provisional licences, if applicable) with your new name and/or address completed on the back of the paper counterpart. If you cannot supply the paper part of your driving licence, please complete a pdf icon Change of Details Form [535kb].  If you have lost the card part of your driving licence, you will have to apply and pay for a duplicate driving licence.  
        • if you have not previously had your identity verified, submit your original passport OR a completed Identity Verification Form. If you post in your original passport, it will be returned to you via recorded delivery.  (If your identity has already been verified, a date will have been inserted in section 14 on the back of the plastic part of your driving licence).
        • if you have changed your name, provide proof e.g. marriage certificate, enrolled deed poll or divorce papers.
      • There is no fee to notify us of a change of name and/or address.
      • Exchange a registration number

        • If you want to transfer a registration number from a vehicle you own to a new vehicle you are registering at the same time, you will need to bring in the original vehicle's Vehicle Registration Certificate, a completed 'Exchange of Registration Mark' form and the details of the new vehicle, along with the exchange of registration mark fee of £46.00 and the first registration fee of £46.00 (a total of £92.00). Please note that the vehicle may also be subject to a one-off First Registration Duty  
        • If you want to exchange of registration mark between two vehicles that are currently Guernsey registered, you will require the Vehicle Registration Certificate for each vehicle along with two 'Exchange of Registration Mark' forms (one for each vehicle). There will be a single fee of £92.00.
        • When exchanging numbers between three or more vehicles, there is a charge of £46.00 for each vehicle (eg: an exchange between three vehicles would be £138.00, and between four vehicles would be £184.00).
        • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on tel: 223400 or email: dvl@gov.gg.
      • Retaining a registration number

        • You can retain a registration number you hold for up to a year until you are ready to assign to a vehicle for a fee of £92.00. (This fee includes assigning it to a vehicle at a later date) This period can be extend for another year for a further fee of £92.00, however, the extension must be applied for before the expiry of the original period of retention. 
        • You will need to produce the registration document of the vehicle from which you are retaining the number and a completed 'Exchange of Registration Mark' form.  
        • The number can be reserved and a Certificate of Retention issued to you as proof of the number being held.  A new number will then be issued to the original vehicle and a new vehicle registration certificate produced.
        • When retaining a number, it may only be retained in the name of the registered keeper of the original vehicle. Similarly, when the number is assigned to another vehicle the vehicle must be registered in that name also.
        • The holder of any retained registration number may, free of charge, at any time during the period of the validity of a Certificate of Retention, transfer in writing, the right of that certificate to his/her spouse. The spouse may have to pay a fee of £46.00 to have the mark assigned to their vehicle.
        • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on tel: 223400 or email: dvl@gov.gg.
      • Using a retained registration number

        • If you want to use your retained registration number for a new vehicle being registered for the first time in Guernsey, you must bring in your Retention Certificate along with the documentation for the vehicle and the first time registration fee of £46.00. If you have lost the retention certificate you can apply for a duplicate certificate here. Please note that the vehicle may also be subject to a one-off First Registration Duty  
        • If you want to assign the retained registration number to a vehicle you already own you must bring in the Certificate of Retention, along with a completed 'Exchange of Registration Mark' form and the documentation for the vehicle to DVL Bulwer Avenue Office. If you have lost the retention certificate you can find an application form for a duplicate document here.
        • The holder of any retained registration number may, free of charge, at any time during the period of the validity of a Certificate of Retention, transfer in writing, the right of that certificate to his/her spouse. The spouse may have to pay a fee of £46.00 to have the mark assigned to their vehicle.
        • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on tel: 223400 or email: dvl@gov.gg.
      • Special registration numbers

        • Registration marks are the property of the States of Guernsey and are assigned to private vehicles for registration purposes. However, vehicle keepers can apply for and purchase the 'right' to use a particular registration mark.
        • Definition of "Special" Marks (Registration Numbers)
          • The current definition of a "special" mark is a palindrome five digit number or consecutive five digit, or a five digit with two sets of doubles in it OR a one, two, three or four digit number for motor vehicles. It therefore follows that any other registration mark not included in these categories is deemed to be a non-special mark.
          • From time to time, DVL make "special" marks available for sale either at public auctions or by sealed tender. Details of these sales, including the marks on offer, are published in the Guernsey Press and on this web site.
      • Changes to Vehicle Construction & Use Standards

        • Traffic and Highway Services wish to advise the public of a number of changes to vehicle construction and use standards in Guernsey, the majority of which will come into force when the UN Convention on Road Traffic 1968 ("The Vienna Convention") is formally ratified on 29th March 2019.
        • This latest information follows recent advice issued with regard to International Driving Permits and Trailer Registration requirements and will apply to all motor vehicles and trailers registered in Guernsey.
          • The advice document is available here.
          • Media release available here.
      • Information for new residents

        • Helpful information and advice for new Guernsey residents can be found by following this link.
        • For information on the requirements for exchanging your driving licence please go to: https://gov.gg/drivinglicence 
        • Information about registering an imported vehicle in Guernsey can be found in the section above: Registering a new/imported vehicle 
        • For further information about driving in Guernsey follow this link
      • Payment

        • Details of all fees in relation to Driver and Vehicle Licensing can be found here
        • Payment for the services provided can be made in cash, cheque (made payable to 'States of Guernsey', or in respect of Alderney residents 'States of Alderney'), debit or credit card.
        • If you are posting your application and would like to pay by debit/credit card, please supply your contact telephone number and we will call to take payment over the phone.

      Follow this link to contact us if you'd like more information or guidance.

       

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      Motoring & driving test fees & charges Vehicle registration form First Registration Duty (Emissions Tax) First registration duty (exemptions and preferential rates form) Duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate (Log book) Exchange a registration number Registration Plate Information Information For Change of Keeper When Registered Keeper Is Deceased Broken up, destroyed or permanently exported vehicle Abandoned vehicle ownership request form Trailer registration information sheet Trailer registration form De-register a trailer application Driving in the EU Trailer Registration Advice Transport for people with disabilities & information on mobility scooters The Highway Code for Guernsey Changes to Vehicle Construction and Use Standards Media Release 21st March 2019 - Changes to Vehicle Construction & Use Standards

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