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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.

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:  

 

  • I have bought/sold a vehicle, what do I need to do?

    • As a buyer or seller of a Guernsey registered vehicle you must, within 2 weeks of the vehicle changing hands, submit to Driver and Vehicle Licensing (DVL), Bulwer Avenue Office the top section of the Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) with the change of ownership/keeper section on the back filled in and signed by both buyer & seller, the lower section should be retained by the buyer as a form of receipt. If the vehicle keeper document is the form of the old green log book, then it should be submitted along with a "transfer of keeper" form signed by both buyer and seller. 
    • For buying and selling a vehicle in Alderney please follow this link.
    • On receipt of the VRC being received the transfer of registered keeper 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 Registration Certificate should be submitted to Driver & Vehicle Licensing's Bulwer Avenue Office with the relevant section on the back completed and whether or not the seller wishes to retain the registration number. The retention fee of £84 must be included along with a completed 'Exchange of Registration Mark' form. If the vehicle ownership documents are in the form of the old green logbook a completed notification form (which also contains a section to request the retention of the registration number) along with the logbook should be sent to our Bulwer Avenue Office. A Certificate of Export can be requested for a fee of £13 should it be required. 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 number please seek advice from the DVL before both seller and buyer sign a transfer agreement. An application form to retain a registration number can be found here.
    • 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 an additional charge if you wish to retain a vehicle registration number. Click here for Motoring fees & charges
  • I need to register a new/imported 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 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 which is also available from Driver & Vehicle Licensing, Bulwer Avenue office.
      • 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 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. An application for an exemption or preferential rate is available here.
      • 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.
  • Can I retain a registration number without putting it 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 £84. (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 £84, 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 £42 to have the mark assigned to their vehicle.
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on 243400.
  • Now I want to use my 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 £42. 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 £42 to have the mark assigned to their vehicle.
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on 243400.
  • I want to exchange registration numbers between vehicles I own

    • 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 £42 and the first registration fee of £42 (a total of £84). 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 £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).
    • Further advice and assistance is available by contacting DVL Bulwer Avenue office on 243400.
  • What is a "special" registration number

    • 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.
  • My vehicle needs to be scrapped, what do I need to do?

    • You must visit Bulk Refuse and complete the application form. If you no 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.
    • Once the vehicle has been delivered to the site, or collected by Bulk Refuse, Driver & Vehicle Licensing need to be informed. This is done by sending in the vehicle's Vehicle Registration Certificate, with the relevant section on the back completed and whether or not you wish to retain the registration number. The retention fee of £84 must be included. If the vehicle ownership documents are in the form of the old green logbook you will need to complete a notification form (which also contains a section to indicate if you wish to retain the registration number) and this together with the logbook should be sent to our Bulwer Avenue Office. 
  • I am exporting my Guernsey registered vehicle, what do I need to do?

    • If the vehicle is to leave the island, send in the vehicle's Vehicle Registration Certificate to Driver & Vehicle Licensing's Bulwer Avenue Office with the relevant section on the back completed and whether or not you wish to retain the registration number. The retention fee of £84 must be included. If the vehicle ownership documents are in the form of the old green logbook you will need to complete a notification form (which also contains a section to indicate if you wish to retain the registration number) and this together with the logbook should be sent to our Bulwer Avenue Office. A Certificate of Export can be requested for a fee of £13 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.
  • I have lost my Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) what do i need to do?

    • Please complete the request for a duplicate VRC here and send it to Bulwer Avenue Office. The fee of £13 should be included.
  • I need to tell you I've change address

    • 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. If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
    • 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. If you can't supply these you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • 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) 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.
  • I need to tell you I've change my name

    • 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. If you are unable to find the VRC you will be required to apply for duplicate VRC. See "Motoring fees & charges".
      • There is no fee, at present, for this service and the new document will be posted to you within 10 to 14 days.
    • Driving Licence
      • To change your name on your driving licence you need to bring both parts of your licence, the plastic and paper counterpart, if you can't supply these you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. See "Motoring fees & charges". 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.
  • I'm a driver and new to the Island - what do I need to know?

    • 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.

 

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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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