The new RaV service, which has replaced the old Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) service, is now live. The service is for motor manufacturers and retailers. What began as the implementation of new legislation to capture the ‘list price’ of some vehicles to calculate vehicle tax has ended with:

  • All new vehicles being registered on a new IT platform.
  • The introduction of Application Programme Interface (API) technology for DVLA and motor manufacturers to register vehicles.
  • A simple and intuitive web service designed to help smaller manufacturers and retailers to register vehicles digitally.

It has also provided greater flexibility, making it easier to make changes to meet the needs of industry, and set DVLA on the road of transforming their vehicle services for the future. By May 2019, all vehicle manufacturers will have moved to the RaV service. Already over 1 million vehicles have been registered. Over a two and a half year journey of the DVLA, every vehicle manufacturer (big and small) told them what their requirements were, helped them to build and test the RaV service and gave feedback at every stage. The help and support DVLA have had from motoring trade associations has been invaluable. The collaborative effort has shown how working together with the industry can deliver a new and improved service for all.


The V5C Registration Certificate has changed from 15 April 2019. The DVLA will be issuing a new version of the V5C registration certificate (log book). The previous version will still be in circulation and will still be valid. The DVLA have changed their forms and guidance leaflets to reflect the new version of the V5C.

Changes at a glance:

  • The document reference number has moved to the top and the words ‘Don’t share, keep it safe’ have bene added above it promoting security and helping prevent online keeper fraud.
  • A multi-coloured guidance section at the bottom of the front page helping direct customers to the correct section of the form.
  • DVLA enforcement message has been added to the front page to promote vehicle licensing compliance.
  • The vehicle details have been rearranged to allow room for extra data fields.
  • DVLA have simplified instructions.
  • Change of keeper and change of name or address sections have been separated to be more customer friendly.
  • Customers are given the opportunity to supply contact details.
  • Section 6 (new keeper’s slip, green slip) – name and address fields removed to prevent the customer incorrectly returning it to the DVLA.
  • Signatures boxes have been removed and replaced with declarations in red.
  • Document reference number has been added to each section as it improves customer service and assists with the transformation to online services.
  • Perforations have been changed. The new larger tear off portion is highlighted in red and should be used as instructed in each section.