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Buying and selling a vehicle

Contact Us - Driver and Vehicle Licensing

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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 Edward T Wheadon House:
    • 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 go to https://gov.gg/LostStolenVehicleDocs for further information.
    • 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.
    • For information on changing the registered keeper of a vehicle when the current keeper is deceased please follow this link.
    • If the vehicle is leaving Guernsey or a non-Guernsey address is provided for the new keeper, please go to https://gov.gg/ExportingAVehicle for further information.
    • For information on buying and selling a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL at Edward T Wheadon House on tel: 221000 or email: dvl@gov.gg.
  • Registering a new / imported vehicle

    • New Vehicles
    • A new vehicle cannot be used in Guernsey until it has been registered. 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.
    • Importing a Vehicle
    • If a vehicle is being permanently imported into Guernsey by a permanent Guernsey resident, it may be driven in Guernsey for up to 48 hours after taking ownership of the vehicle. After this time it must not be circulated locally and should be kept on private land until it is registered in Guernsey.
    • If a vehicle is being imported by a person taking up residence in the island, it may be driven in Guernsey for up to 14 days after arriving. After this time it must not be circulated locally and should be kept on private land until it is registered in Guernsey. 
    • Alderney residents
    • Alderney has its own vehicle registration legislation.  For information on registering a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link.
    • Registration Criteria
    • 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.
    • Registration Process
    • To register a vehicle, please submit the following by post or in person to Edward T Wheadon House:
    • Application form
      • Please complete an application form to register a vehicle, available here.
      • If your vehicle is exempt from First Registration Duty, an application form for exemption or preferential rate is available here.
    • Registration Fee and First Registration Duty
      • 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.
    • 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 may not be able to 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 221000 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 Edward T Wheadon House.
    • Guernsey Registration Number (Mark)
    • As part of the registration process, the vehicle will be issued with a Guernsey registration number.
    • If you have a Guernsey registration number retained or allocated to another vehicle that you would like to use on the vehicle you are registering, please go to https://gov.gg/RegistrationNumbers for further information. 
    • 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.

Downloads

Vehicle registration form First Registration Duty (Emissions Tax) First registration duty (exemptions and preferential rates form) Vehicle Transfer form (Buying/selling a vehicle) Information For Change of Keeper When Registered Keeper Is Deceased Registration Plate Information Motoring & driving test fees & charges

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