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What is a V5C Log book

Saarrah Mussa
Written by  Saarrah Mussa
5 min read
Updated: 07 Mar 2024

A log book is an official document that will have the number of owners of your vehicle, will list you as an owner and will contain important detials about your car.

What is a V5C log book? 

A V5C log book is an official document issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK. It serves several purposes including:

  • Proof of ownership: The V5C acts as proof that you are the registered keeper of the vehicle. 

  • Vehicle information: It contains important details about your car, such as: 
    Make and model 
    Age 
    Registration number 
    Colour 
    Engine size 
    CO2 emissions 

This information can be helpful when comparing car insurance quotes, as some insurers consider these factors when calculating premiums. 

DVLA advises that you should buy a vehicle that does not have a V5C. 

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Can I replace a lost V5C log book? 

Yes, you can replace a lost V5C log book. Here are the methods you can use: 

  • Online: The quickest and easiest way is through the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-log-book

  • By phone: You can call the DVLA at 0300 790 6802 (Monday to Friday, 8am-7pm, Saturdays 8am-2pm). 

  • By post: Download and fill out the V62 form from the DVLA website and send it by post with a cheque or postal order for £25 made payable to "DVLA Swansea" to the specified address. 

Do I have to pay to replace my V5C log book? 

Yes, there is a £25 fee to replace a lost V5C log book if you apply online or by phone. If you apply by post, you won't need to pay if your details haven't changed. However, if you need to update your details at the same time, there will be an additional charge. You can find the latest information about fees on the DVLA website. 

Why do I need a V5C log book? 

Here are some reasons why having a V5C log book is important: 

  • Provides proof of ownership: This can be helpful in various situations, such as selling your car, getting repairs, or claiming on your car insurance. 

  • Keeps information up-to-date: It's crucial to ensure the information in your V5C log book is accurate and reflects any changes, especially your address. 

    • If you move house, you must inform the DVLA within five days to update your V5C and driving license. Failing to do so could result in fines. 

  • Taxing your vehicle: You'll need your V5C log book details to tax your car. 

    • While not mandatory for obtaining car insurance, having a V5C log book is highly recommended for its various practical uses and to ensure you have all the necessary information readily available for car-related matters.