The motor car Act of 1903 introduced the concept of vehicle registration to the UK.
In 1921 the Roads Act 1920 came into force and the registration system was substantially overhauled. Many earlier machines were re-registered with a 1921 date.
From 1978 to 1983 DVLA updated the system. If the old buff or green logbook(RF60 or VE60) was not updated to the V5 the number was dropped from the main database For a short period these numbers were completely unobtainable. Thanks to campaigning by various clubs including the
VMCC & the forerunner to the FVBHC amongst others, a system was introduced by
which numbers could be reclaimed if certain conditions are met. This is the Original
Restoration Retention or V765 scheme.
The VMCC is authorised by the DVLA to process applications to retain the original registration numbers
If you have a motorcycle which has no indication of what it's original registration number was or if the link to the number cannot be proven or it has been imported you will need to prove its age to get it registered. Our
Statement of search will assist with obtaining an age related registration number or to gain historical vehicle excise duty .
Download a Statement of Search form.
If you are not sure which to apply for click here.
We can help with pretty much any make, model or year of motorcycle made anywhere in the world.
We do not date Harleys' Broughs or Vincents for various reasons. If the motorcycle was made after 2002 you may also need to get either a
MSVA or certificate of conformity from the manufacture as well as the Statement of Search.
DVLA have the final say over any application. It is possible in a few cases to appeal against the decision but a very good reason will be needed to do this.
There are more details of the processes and tips for getting the registration number on the pages accompanying each form.
We have tried to cover the basics on this website but please
contact the club library for further information.
We have vast experience of all sorts of queries and will do our best to help.
Cost of services
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