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I thought that this may be useful….

When I purchased my Bedford MWC, it came with a V5, but there was no date of manufacture declared and the Taxation class was Not Licenced.

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When using the DVLA Vehicle Check the Tax status showed “Not Taxed for on road use”

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I have waited until my truck is nearing completion and needed to get my V5 amended to show the right year of manufacture and the correct taxation class i.e. Historic

Being a member of IMPS, I used them (Tony Lawrence) to supply me with verified dating information showing that my truck was manufactured in 1944.

This along with my V5 was sent off to DVLA Swansea, just over three weeks later.  A new V5 arrived with the declared date of manufacture being 1944.

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However the taxation class on the V5 was still showing Not Licenced. The following day a personalized letter arrived stating that I had to apply for change in taxation class using a V10. With hindsight I should have included this when I originally sent it off to the DVLA, however a person at DVLA said all I needed to send was my V5 and a covering letter.

The Not Licenced taxation class is a convenient way for the DVLA to recognised vehicles that have no tax and have not been SORN’d. A typical case is when a vehicle was registered before 31st January 1988 but not taxed at this date. SORNs were introduced on 31st January 1988 and after this point if you didn’t tax your vehicle you had (and still have to ) SORN it. According to a freedom of information request at the end of September 2014, there were 204,598 vehicles that fell into this category.

Next step, I changed my insurance from laid up to Fully Comprehensive. Duly filled in my V10 (application for vehicle tax) along with a V112 (MOT exemption declaration)

Three weeks later my new V5 arrived with the correct taxation class

The DVLA web site now shows

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A couple of recommendations…

If you have an incorrect V5 (like mine) then; get a verified dating letter from a club that is authorised by the DVLA to authenticate applications for registering ex-military vehicles for road use. You have to send off the original signed copy (they will not accept photocopies etc). Send this off with a covering letter along with a completed V10 an V112 (depending on vehicle weight you may need to use a V112G). It is best to get your vehicle insured for road use.

If you do not have a V5, then it is the same as above but you will also have to complete a V55/5 form  (instead of sending off your V5) and send a cheque for the registration fee (see DVLA website for current prices)

Hope this helps

Cheers

Richard

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On 12/11/2021 at 5:50 PM, 64EK26 said:

SORNs were introduced on 31st January 1988 and after this point if you didn’t tax your vehicle you had (and still have to ) SORN it ...

... It is best to get your vehicle insured for road use ...

... If you do not have a V5, then it is the same as above but you will also have to complete a V55/5 form  (instead of sending off your V5)

Hi Richard,

Isn't that 31 January 1998? I had lots of vehicles on and off road in the '80s and '90s and didn't have to SORN them.

I would have thought you must get your vehicle insured [for road use] - it is, I think, still a condition of licencing a vehicle, even at zero licence fee, that the vehicle is insured.

I haven't registered a new or ex-MoD vehicle for some years, but the process I used to have to follow was to insure the vehicle (and get it tested if necessary) using its chassis number, then licence it using a V55/5 and the registration is generated and provided then. Not sure if that has changed, but it sounds similar from what you're saying.

Sean

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12 hours ago, Sean N said:

Isn't that 31 January 1998? I had lots of vehicles on and off road in the '80s and '90s and didn't have to SORN them.

Hi

Thanks for your comments....

My mistake, it is 31 Jan 1998.

Agree, you have to have road use insurance when applying to tax a vehicle.

Not sure if you need insurance if you are getting the taxation class changed, probably OK if your vehicle is already SORN'd, but I did get insurance for mine as it was pre SORN.

Cheers

Richard

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