When vehicles are imported to the United Kingdom they must be registered with the
Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). This must be done as soon as possible. Brand
new vehicles can be driven to the UK and registered as 'new' assuming they:
Previously used imported vehicles, less than ten years old, must meet certain standards
as part of the DVLA's registration process. These are the:
- are registered within two weeks of collection - this may be extended to one
calendar month at peak periods, e.g. before March 1st and September 1st,
- only have reasonable delivery mileage – 'reasonable' means driven from pick-up
points to the United Kingdom via direct routes,
- have not been previously permanently registered,
- have been stored before registration and are current models - or are models that
ceased production within the last two years.
Cars, motorcycles, and light goods vehicles - first registered in other European Member
States - must have certificates issued by the Vehicle Certification Agency under the
Mutual Recognition scheme. This ensures their specifications are suitable for the UK, e.g.
lighting. Vehicles initially registered in countries outside the European Union must pass
the comparable IVA, SVA or MSVA tests.
- European type approval standards,
- UK construction and use,
- road vehicle lighting legislation.