Is that a genuine V5C with the car you’ve just bought?

February 15, 2010

Further to our recent email in respect of stolen registration documents (V5C’s), I have been asked whether there is a way of checking a V5C presented is indeed genuine, or the last document issued. The simplest means is to phone the DVLA with the V5C in front of you. By providing:
a. The vehicle registration mark (VRM)
b. The document reference number (DRN)
c. (possibly requested) the date of issue.

The DVLA will confirm whether the document is the last printed i.e. that the DRN is that on the last issue. In most cases this will mean that the document you are looking at is genuine. With regard to the stolen registration documents, we have yet to see one upon which the crooks have applied an accurate DRN. The only way to get the correct DRN is to have had sight of the original, last issue. As the crooks rarely see this, they simply make up an 11 digit string as it will deceive most people.

It is concerning to note that no one appears to have advised the public that this is the simplest means by which to check a registration document despite there being 1000’s of stolen V5C’s out there.


Cars, Cops & Criminals

February 12, 2010

The latest series is upon us and the next show is on BBC1 @ 9pm on Monday 15th February and I understand reference will
be made to stolen registration documents.

It is anticipated that later programs will see two of our case studies featured; Andrew and Grieg, both of
whom bought stolen vehicles and both of whom made some savings as a result of obtaining the free
advice available at

Andrew discovered the loss so soon after buying a stolen car that he was able to get a friend to phone the
vendor who conveniently had another vehicle for sale. The police reacted and the a suspect, another
stolen vehicle and a stolen V5C were seized.

Grieg turned detective and having bought the vehicle through ebay obtained some contact details for the
vendor, identified an address and the suspect. Further assistance was provided by an IFIG (Insurance
Fraud Investigators Group) member following a circulation – a new address for the suspect was found.
The matter is with the police. from the skies

January 5, 2010

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