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Contact Us - Driver and Vehicle Licensing

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Find further information on buying and selling vehicles, first registration duty based on vehicle emissions and what you need to do when you change your name or address and what is required when you scrap or export a vehicle.

Please note that there is a fee of £27.50 to transfer a vehicle to a new registered keeper.  

Details of all fees in relation to Driver and Vehicle Licensing, including retention of registration marks, can be found here:  

 

  • 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.
  • Buying & selling a vehicle

    • If a vehicle is bought or sold, either the buyer or seller of the Guernsey registered vehicle you must, within 2 weeks of the vehicle changing hands, submit notification of change of ownership to our Bulwer Avenue office.
    • You will need:
      • Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) completed on the back with the new owners details (name, date of birth and address) and both the old and new keeper's signatures. The bottom cut-off section may be retained as a receipt.
      • If instead you still have an old, green, cardboard log book, this must be submitted along with a completed  "transfer of keeper" form signed by both buyer and seller. 
      • Fee of £27.50. (This can be paid by either the buyer or seller but must accompany the application to transfer ownership.)
    • For buying and selling a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link.
    • The new VRC/log book will be sent to the new registered keeper (buyer) providing a local address is given.
    • Please note:
      • If the vehicle is leaving Guernsey / a non-Guernsey address is provided for the new keeper, please see Exporting a Vehicle.
  • 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 Border Agency. Click here for further information.
      • The vehicle must be primarily for circulation on the roads of Guernsey.
      • The registered owner of the vehicle must be a resident of Guernsey.
      • If your vehicle is over 7'6¾" in width and/or over 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 the Driver & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue office.
      • Please note that if your vehicle is a camper van you may need permission from the Planning Division to park the vehicle on your property. Click here for further information.
    • For information on registering a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link.
    • At the time of registration you will have to produce:
      • A completed application to register a vehicle form. If the vehicle is a trailer please the the trailer section below.
      • If the vehicle is used - the current registration document / log book. (If this is unavailable, apply for a Certificate of Export from the jurisdiction has come from.) 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 in 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 - The vehicle's security form (V55/1-4) must be surrendered. This document is produced by the vehicle manufacturer.
      • If yours is not the name on the current vehicle document then continuity of registered ownership must be shown, such as a bill of sale/invoice from the previous keeper.
      • The weight of the vehicle must be provided (Mass in Service). This can either be found on the current registration document or V55/1-4 as Mass in Service, or in the vehicle's manual. If the weight is not found, the vehicle must be weighed before it is registered.
      • A one-off registration fee of £44.00 is payable on all first-time registrations in Guernsey.
      • An additional one-off First Registration Duty will be applied to 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. An application for an exemption or preferential rate is available here.
      • Registration of Agricultural Vehicles used for agricultural purposes only, and mobile cranes, are also required to complete form MV/T F 09 (Tractor Form), which is available from DVL Bulwer Avenue office.
  • Scrapping a vehicle

    • You must visit Bulk Refuse and complete the application form. If you do not select the collection by bulk refuse option and are arranging the delivery of the vehicle to Guernsey Recycling's yard at Bulwer Avenue yourself you will be sent a letter from Bulk Refuse authorising the vehicle's disposal. You will need to hand over the authorising letter at Guernsey Recycling's yard when delivering the vehicle otherwise you will be charged £95 to scrap the vehicle. If you wish for the vehicle to be collected please ensure you select this option. Payment of £30 is required at the time of making the application online.
    • Driver & Vehicle Licensing need only be informed after the vehicle has been disposed of.
      • Surrender the vehicle's Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book), with the relevant section on the back completed.
      • Alternatively, complete a notification form if the vehicle's log book is unavailable.
      • You must state how/where the vehicle was disposed of.
      • Confirm whether or not your wish to retain the vehicle's registration number (£88.00 fee
    • Please note if a vehicle has been sold/given away for spares,motor cross or sand racing see Buying & Selling a Vehicle.
    • If the vehicle was scrapped off-island please see Exporting a vehicle.
    • If the vehicle has been disposed of by skip, you must state the skip company.
    • Please note that unless we are notified by you that you have scrapped or exported your vehicle, it will remain in your name until we have received the relevant paperwork.
    • Find the form here to de-register a trailer
  • Exporting a vehicle

    • If the vehicle is to be sold or scrapped off-island:
      • Surrender the vehicle's Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book) with the relevant section on the back completed.
      • If the log book is unavailable or you hold an old, green log book you will need to complete a notification form.
      • You must state that the vehicle is Exported.
      • Confirm whether or not you wish to retain the vehicle's registration number (£88.00 fee).
      • A Certificate of Export can be requested for a fee of £14.00 should it be required if the Vehicle Registration Certificate can't be found. Alternatively, the Vehicle Registration Certificate can be given directly to the new owner to use to re-register the vehicle off Island.
    • Please note that unless we are notified by you that you have scrapped or exported your vehicle, it will remain in your name until we have received the relevant paperwork.
  • Trailers

    • To find information about registering trailers follow this link
      • For a registration form follow this link.
      • For an application form to de-register a trailer follow this link.
  • Change of address

    • Vehicles Registration Documents
      • Submit any an all Vehicle Registration Documents (log books)  with the section on the back of the certificate filled in with your new address and signed.
      • If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC.
      • There is no fee, at present to change your address and the new document will be sent to you in the post.
    • Driving Licence
      • To change your address on your driving licence you need to submit both parts, the plastic and paper counterpart, of your licence with the section on the back of the paper counterpart filled in with your new address and signed.
  • Change of name

    • Vehicles Registration Documents
      • Submit any and all Vehicle Registration Certificates (log books) with the section on the back of the certificate filled in with your new details and signature.
      • You must submit proof of change of name (marriage certificate, deed poll, divorce papers).
      • If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC.
      • There is no fee, at present, to change your name and the new document will be sent out to you in the post.
    • Driving Licence
      • To change your name on your driving licence you need to submit both parts of your licence, the plastic and paper counterpart.
      • You will also need to bring the original marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll documents. If copies are submitted these must be attested.
      • You will also need to bring a valid passport (in your previous name) for identification purposes, unless the check has already been carried out. (If a check has already been carried out a date will have been inserted at No14 on the back of the plastic part of your licence) If you do not hold a valid passport click here.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
  • Duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate (Logbook)

    • Complete the application form for a duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate (logbook) here.
    • The fee of £14.00 should be included.
  • 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 £44 and the first registration fee of £44 (a total of £88). 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 £88.
    • When exchanging numbers between three of more vehicles, there is a charge of £44 for each vehicle (eg: an exchange between three vehicles would be £132, and between four vehicles would be £176).
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on 243400.
  • Retaining a registration number that's not on a vehicle

    • 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 £88. (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 £88, however, this 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 £44 to have the mark assigned to their vehicle.
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on 243400.
  • 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 £44. If you have lost the retention certificate you can apply for a duplicate request form 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 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 £44 to have the mark assigned to their vehicle.
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on 243400.
  • 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.
  • 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 see the section above:- Exchanging A Foreign Licence for a Guernsey Licence 
    • Further information about registering a foreign vehicle in Guernsey can be found here.
    • For further information about driving in Guernsey follow this link
  • Payment

    • Payment for the services provided can be made in cash, cheque (payable to the 'States of Guernsey or in respect to Alderney residents 'States of Alderney'), debit or credit card.

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

 

Downloads

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

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