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Find further information on vehicle transactions and first registration duty based on vehicle emissions.

Please note that there is a fee of £26.00 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:  pdf icon Fees and charges [353kb]

Registered keepers of a vehicle are required by law to give official notification to Driver and Vehicle Licensing when a vehicle is changing ownership.  The vehicle must be transferred within two weeks from the time of purchase. Once notified, Driver and Vehicle Licensing will process the documents and issue new a registration certificate for each vehicle transferred.

  • Quick Guide to changing your name and/or address

    • What do I need to do when I change my address
    • 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 to Driving & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue Office or in respect of Alderney residents the States Office, Island Hall.
      • You will also need to bring a valid passport 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) 
      • Where identification documents have not been submitted previously and you do not hold a valid passport you must submit and fully completed "Identification Check Application Form" accompanied by your birth certificate (original or attested) and two attested passport size photos.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
      • If you are unable to supply both parts of your licence you will be required to apply for duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
    • Vehicles
      • To change your address on your Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) you will need to submit the document with the section on the back of the certificate filled in with your new address and signed to Driving & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue Office or in respect of Alderney residents the States Office, Island Hall..
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
      • If you are unable to find the VCR you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
    • What do I need to do when I change my name?
    • Driving Licence
      • To change your name on your driving licence you need to bring both parts of your licence, the plastic and paper counterpart, the original marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll documents to Driving & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue Office or in respect of Alderney residents the States Office, Island Hall. 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) 
      • Where identification documents have not been submitted previously and you do not hold a valid passport you must submit and fully completed "Identification Check Application Form" accompanied by your birth certificate (original or attested) and two attested passport size photos.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 14 to 21 days.
      • If you are unable to supply both parts of your licence you will be required to apply for duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
    • Vehicles
      • To change your name on your Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) you will need to submit the document with the section on the back of the certificate filled in with your name and signed to Driving & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue Office or in respect of Alderney residents the States Office, Island Hall.
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
      • If you are unable to find the VCR you will be required to apply for duplicate VCR. See "Motoring Fees & Charges".
  • Buying and selling a Guernsey registered vehicle

    • When buying or selling a Guernsey registered vehicle the current registered keeper is required to notify Driver & Vehicle Licensing (DVL), Bulwer Avenue Office of a change of registered keeper as soon as possible. For buying and selling a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link.
    • This can be achieved by both the seller (current registered keeper) and buyer completing and signing the reverse of the Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC), the top portion should remain with the registered keeper (seller) to be submitted to the Driver & Vehicle Licensing, the lower section should be retained by the buyer as a form of receipt.
    • If you still hold one of the old green cardboard log books, this should be submitted along with a separate transfer of ownership form, signed and completed by both the seller and the buyer. ('Change of Keeper' forms are available from our office, Bulwer Avenue, or downloadable here. pdf icon Vehicle transfer form [380kb]
    • Once the registered keeper has submitted the top portion of the Vehicle Registration Certificate, the document will be processed and the new VRC will be sent to the new registered keeper (buyer) providing a local address is given.
    • If the buyer provides a foreign address and declares the vehicle will shortly/has been exported, the vehicle will be de-registered in order for an Export Certificate to be generated. pdf icon Notifcation of scrapped or exported vehicle [292kb]  This certificate will be sent out to the foreign address shown on the form to provide documentation to the new keeper to carry out the registration of the vehicle in a different jurisdiction.
    • Please note, if you intend to sell your vehicle but wish to retain the use of the registration mark (number) please seek advice from the DVL before both seller and buyer sign a transfer agreement.
    • Please note that if you are buying a tractor, the buyer will be required to complete form MV/TF 09 (Tractor Form), which is available from our Bulwer Avenue office.
    • Please note that there is a charge of £26 for the transfer of vehicle ownership and a charge for retention of a vehicle registration mark. pdf icon Fees and charges [353kb]
  • Registering a vehicle

    • 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.
      • 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.
    • 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 Motor Vehicle/Motorcycle' form available from Driver & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue office or can be downloaded here. pdf icon Vehicle registration form [321kb]
      • The vehicle's security form (V55/1-4) must be surrendered. This document is produced by the vehicle manufacturer. If the vehicle is a used (second hand) vehicle imported into the Island it is necessary to produce the vehicle's original and current registration document. If the name in which the vehicle is to be registered is different from the last registered name on the vehicle documents then continuity of registered ownership must be shown, such as a bill of sale.
      • The weight of the vehicle must be provided. 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 weight before it is registered.
      • A 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.  The 'First Registration Duty - Public Advice Note' details the charges that will be applied at the point of registering the vehicle and provides information on exemptions and preferential rates that apply is available here. pdf icon First Registration Duty information [448kb] An application for exemptions and preferential rates is available here. pdf icon Exemptions and preferential rates [392kb]
      • A one-off registration fee of £42.00 is payable on all first-time registrations in Guernsey.
    • You can make the application to register a vehicle at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue office, or by post as long as all of the above documentation is enclosed.
    • Registration of a motorcycle is as above.  The application form requests specific information relating to Maximum Net Power (in kW) and Power/Weight Ratio (in kW/kg) where applicable.
    • Registration of Agricultural Vehicles used for agricultural purposes only, and mobile cranes, are also required to complete form MV/TF 09 (Tractor Form), which is available from DVL Bulwer Avenue office.
  • Importing a Vehicle

    • Information on importing a vehicle into Guernsey can be found here.
  • New residents to the Island

  • 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
    • 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.
    • There are currently no special marks available for purchase.
    • Retention of Mark
    • Where a person holds a number on their vehicle but wishes to retain it to later put onto another vehicle, then the number can be held on retention (reserved) for up to one year, subject to the payment of a non-refundable fee of £84. (This fee includes retaining the number and subsequently assigning it onto another vehicle at a later date.)
    • The period of retention may be extended for a further year for an extension fee of £84. This must however 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, one 'Exchange of Registration Mark' form and the fee of £84.  pdf icon Exchange a registration number [305kb]
    • The number will be reserved and a Certificate of Retention produced as proof of the number being held. pdf icon Declaration of lost Certificate of Retention [275kb] A new number will then be issued to the original vehicle and a new registration certificate produced.
    • When the retained number is assigned to a vehicle, it is necessary to surrender the Certificate of Retention with the details of the vehicle the number will be issued to filled out on the form along with an 'Exchange of Registration Mark' form and the documentation for the vehicle.
    • When retaining a number, it may only be retained in the name of the registered keeper of the original vehicle. Similarly, when the number comes to be put back onto a vehicle, it can only go onto a vehicle in the same name as which the retained number is being held.
    • Exchange of Marks
    • Where a number that has been retained for a year is to be issued to a vehicle being registered for the first time (not previously registered in the Island), the completed Retention Certificate must be surrendered along with the documentation for the vehicle it is to be put onto along with the £42 to register the new vehicle.
    • When a number is to be retained from a currently registered vehicle and transferred onto a vehicle being registered for the first time, both on that same day, along with the documents to register the new vehicle, you will require the original vehicle's registration certificate and an 'Exchange of Registration Mark' form. pdf icon Exchange a registration number [305kb] There is a fee of £42 to exchange the number and £42 to register the vehicle (a total of £84).
    • When an exchange of registration mark is to be carried out between two vehicles that are currently Guernsey registered, you will require the Registration Certificate for each vehicle along with two 'Exchange of Registration Mark' forms (one for each vehicle). The will be a single fee of £84.
    • When exchanging numbers between three of more vehicles, there is a charge of £42 for each vehicle (eg: an exchange between three vehicles would be £126, and between four vehicles would be £168).
    • A purchaser of any registration mark may, free of charge, at any time during the period of the validity of a Certificate of Retention/Entitlement, transfer in writing, the right of that certificate to his/her spouse. The spouse may have to pay a fee of £42 to have the mark assigned to their vehicle.
       
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office.
  • Scrapping or Exporting a Vehicle

    • To notify us that a vehicle has been scrapped, the vehicle must first have already been disposed of. You will need to complete a 'Notification of Vehicle Broken-Up, Destroyed or Exported' form (if the vehicle has an old green log book) pdf icon Scrapped or exported vehicle [292kb] or fill in the relevant section on the back of your Vehicle Registration Certificate, stating where/how the vehicle has been disposed of and whether or not you wish to retain the registration mark (£84) retention fee must be included).
    • If the vehicle is to leave the island the same process applies only the vehicle must be noted as Exported. Should the Vehicle Registration Certificate be sent into Driver & Vehicle Licensing we will issue a Certificate of Export for a fee of £13, which can be used to re-register the vehicle outside of Guernsey. Alternatively, the Registration Certificate can be given directly to the new owner to use to re-register the vehicle.
    • A Certificate of Export can later be applied for in writing for a fee of £13 which should be included.
    • Please note unless we are notified by the owner that their vehicle has been scrapped or exported, it will remain in your name until we have received the relevant paperwork.
  • How to apply for a duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate

  • 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 (there is a 2% charge if you choose to pay by Credit Card).

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

 

Downloads

Motoring fees & charges First Registration Duty (Emissions Tax) Information For Change of Keeper When Registered Keeper Is Deceased First registration duty exemptions and preferential rates Vehicle Registration Quad Advice Letter Transport for people with disabilities & information on mobility scooters Application for the issue of a duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate Registration Plate Information Abandoned vehicle ownership request form

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