A very important point that you need to be aware of is that to qualify as a 40 year old Historic Vehicle your V5C must state that you car was registered or manufactured before 1st January of the appropriate year. Currently this date is 1st January 1975. The 40 year rule is a rolling date but the DVLA has chosen the 1st of January as the fixed start point for each year. So for a car registered / manufactured after 1st January 1975 you will have to wait until 1st January 2016 to qualify and to register - ho hum !
Key points you should note about the new procedure:-
(1) You can not re register your vehicle as a Historic Vehicle prior to being 40 years old. You can only do this after you have received your tax reminder V11 form.
(2) Currently you cannot do this on line or by phone.
(3) Currently this can only be done when re taxing your vehicle at a Post Office branch that deals with road taxing of vehicles. Note - not all Post Offices do this so check first.
(4) You must take your V5C registration certificate with you to the post office along with the other documents required. Make sure they fill in the TAX CLASS in section 7 - ie HISTORIC VEHICLE and then you must sign the registered keeper part of Declaration section 8. The Post Office will send your V5C to the DVLA to be amended and you will receive new V5C about 6 weeks later.
(5) If your vehicle is to be taxed before 1 April 2021 you will have to pay some road tax.
A copy of the DVLA form is available for download, click below . . .
Download DVLA form INF34 1/20
And now the mad part. After registration as a Historic Vehicle you will still get the tax reminder V11 but it will state zero duty required and then you will have to phone up the DVLA and tax the car at zero duty. I think this will change and some one in the DVLA will spot the potential to save the postage.
If you have any questions give me a call.
J D Kempson.
Treasurer & Membership Secretary