Can I sell a car without a V5C?

I've taken my private plate off my car online and got the retention certificate within a week. The DVLA said the V5C will arrive in 4 to 8 weeks. That was 3 months ago. I want to sell the car, which is currently on SORN. But how will the new owners tax it?

Asked on 24 August 2020 by Peter Owen

Answered by Georgia Petrie
The DVLA is still dealing with delays due to coronavirus. I would never advise a buyer to purchase a car without a V5. You're essentially shifting the issue you're currently facing onto them, so it's not exactly a good idea. Is it legal? Yes. If someone buys it, they can send off a V62 form to get the V5 but - again - this will also be delayed due to the DVLA's issues with processing paper applications so then they won't be able to tax it until that's sorted.
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