Car logbook redesigned to combat fraudV5C certificate security improved after thefts

21 July 2010

V5 certificates

New red V5C certificate is claimed to be more secure than the current blue one

Vehicle registration certificates are to be redesigned in an effort to fight car fraud, the Department for Transport has announced.

New-look V5C logbooks will be issued from 15 August for all newly-registered vehicles and when there are changes to an existing registration, such as a change of the keeper's address.

V5C theft leads to cloned cars

The DfT says it has made the change to help protect motorists from vehicle crime after a large number of V5Cs, reported to be around 2.2 million, were stolen in 2006. Those certificates have since been copied and used to sell stolen or cloned cars.

The new certificate, which is red instead or blue, clearly states that it is not proof of ownership of a vehicle, which many buyers mistakenly believe to be the case.

From July 2011, the new V5C will be issued to all remaining vehicles when they are next re-licensed or declared off the road.

DVLA Buyer Beware

The DVLA has also launched a Buyer Beware initiative to help motorists understand the risks around stolen or cloned vehicles. In particular, buyers need to ask for proof of ownership, such as a sale receipt.

You can view our tips on buying used cars, or visit the DirectGov website for a list of checks you should carry out before buying a second-hand vehicle.