Have You Scrapped Your Car? Here Is What You Need To Do In Order To Notify The DVLA

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Have you decided that you want to scrap your car? If you have then one thing that you always need to keep in mind is that you need to notify the DVLA that you have arranged this. If you’re still shopping around online for a company the scrap cars, we would recommend these guys here.

The DVLA are actually incredibly strict when it comes to the rules on scrapping a car and it is actually a legal requirement for you to tell the DVLA that you have scrapped your car, and this should be done in good time too. 

Not only can you find that you need to pay out car tax if you do not let the DVLA know that the car has been scrapped, but you can even find that you face a fine of £1000, which is not exactly ideal when the car is no longer in our possession. 

So, with this mind how do you let the DVLA know that your car has been scrapped?

Letting the DVLA know that you have decided to scrap your car without taking any parts

Some people want to take certain parts from their car, including the number plate, however there are also plenty of people who like to just scrap their car in its entirety. 

There are two ways that you can let the DVLA know online and by post. 


The most common (and probably the quickest way to let the DVLA know) is to deal with the scrapping of your car online. In order to let them know online you need to have 3 key pieces of information. You will need:

  • Your vehicle registration
  • Your 11 digit reference number from section 9 of your logbook or your V5C
  • The name and the address of the Authorised Treatment Facility to which you took the car to be scrapped 

Once you have this information, you can log into the online portal and give the DVLA all the relevant information. 

By post

You can also let the DVLA know via the post. This is a simple process, but it means that you absolutely need to have all the relevant information to hand and be prepared to send this through to the DVLA too. 

Will the DVLA respond?

Many people worry that they won’t know whether or not the DVLA have received their notification that their car has been scrapped. Thankfully, the DVLA are usually good at communicating parts of the process and once they have changed the status of your car they will write a letter to you to confirm that you are not the legal keeper of the car. 

This letter should come within four weeks of you sending your request, so, if you find that it doesn’t then you need to make sure that you call them and check that they have received your request and that it is being dealt with. 

Once you have let the DVLA know that you have scrapped your car then you can have peace of mind that you won’t have to pay any tax and that you won’t face a fine either.

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