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This info was sent to me by Chris (Digita1Dragon)

DVLA wrote:
Specific enquiries regarding the
procedures or documentation required must be directed to the DVLA Local
Office where the application will be made.

Registering Rebuilt, Radically Altered Vehicles and Kit Cars
Before a vehicle is used or kept on the public road it must to be properly
licensed and registered. When a vehicle is first registered, the Driver and
Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) allocates a registration mark which has to
be properly displayed and this remains with the vehicle until it is broken
up, destroyed, permanently exported or transferred to another vehicle in
what is known as a "cherished transfer."

Sometimes, however, a vehicle needs to be rebuilt and this can call the
identity of the vehicle into question. Is it the original which has simply
been repaired or have so many new or different parts been used in the
rebuilding process that the original vehicle has been effectively broken up?
In allocating a registration mark to a rebuilt vehicle, the Agency's main
interest is to establish whether or not the vehicle is newly constructed
with no previously registered identity (in the present form). Vehicles,
which have been substantially rebuilt, need to be examined by one of the
DVLA Local Offices. NB A Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) will apply to those
vehicles notified to the DVLA as being written off on or after 7 April 2003.
For information please refer to INF133 available from the Vehicle Operator
Services Agency (VOSA). Information is also available from the VOSA Website
http://www.vosa.gov.uk.

Any vehicle, which has failed VIC, will not be entitled to retain its
original registration mark, DVLA Local Office will allocate a 'Q'
registration mark and an Enhanced Single Vehicle Approval (ESVA)/ Single
Vehicle Approval (SVA)/ Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA)
certificate will be required.

If however, a VIC application is rejected by VOSA, DVLA Local Office will
need to inspect the vehicle in order to allocate an alternative registration
mark. ESVA/SVA/MSVA will be required.

A. Vehicles that have been rebuilt using a mix of new/used parts.
In order to retain the original registration mark:

· Cars and Car-Derived Vans must use:

The original unmodified chassis or unaltered bodyshell (i.e. body and
chassis as one unit - monocoque); or
A new chassis or monocoque bodyshell of the same specification as the
original supported by evidence from the dealer/manufacturer (e.g. receipt)
And two other major components from the original vehicle - see list below
· Suspension (front & back)
· Axles (both)
· Transmission
· Steering Assembly
· Engine

If a second-hand chassis/monocoque bodyshell is used, the vehicle must pass
a ESVA/SVA test after which a "Q" prefix registration number will be
allocated.

N.B Vehicle Identification Check

From 7th April 2003, all cars and some tricycles (e.g. Robin Reliant) that
are written off by an insurance company or declared scrapped by their owners
due to accident damage will have to be notified to DVLA.

VIC has been introduced to deter criminals from disguising stolen cars with
the identity of written off or scrapped ones. The check is designed to help
confirm that the vehicle being returned to the road has been repaired
following accident damage and has not been stolen.

For further information contact the Vehicle Operator Services Agency Website
on http://www.vosa.gov.uk.

o Motorcycles must use:

· Unmodified Frame (original or new)

And two other major components from the original vehicle

· Forks
· Wheels
· Engine/gearbox

If a second-hand frame is used the vehicle must pass a Motorcycle Single
Vehicle Approval (MSVA) test after which a 'Q' prefix registration number
will be allocated.


B. Radically Altered Vehicles

This covers vehicles which are substantially altered from their original
specification, but which are not kit conversions.
In these cases the vehicle components used from the original vehicle will be
given a numerical value and, in order to retain the original registration
mark the vehicle must score eight or more points.
If less than eight points are scored or a second-hand or modified chassis or
altered monocoque bodyshell is used an ESVA/SVA/MSVA certificate will be
required to register the vehicle and a 'Q' prefix registration number will
be allocated.

The following values will be allocated to the major components used:

Points

Chassis/body shell (body and chassis as one unit - monocoque)* (original or
new) = 5
Suspension = 2
Axles = 2
Transmission = 2
Steering Assembly = 2
Engine = 1

*Direct replacement from the manufactures

NB. Where there is evidence that two vehicles have been welded together to
form one (i.e. 'Cut and Shut') a 'Q' mark will be allocated. ESVA/SVA/MSVA
will be required.

Vehicle Identification Number

This is a legal requirement for all vehicles used on the public highway to
carry a Vehicle Identity Number (VIN). This may be lost when a vehicle is
substantially rebuilt, particularly in the case of kit vehicles where the
chassis/bodyshell may not have been stamped by the manufacturer. In such
circumstances the DVLA Local Office will allocate a replacement VIN.
The DVLA Local Office will issue an authorisation letter and registration
will not take effect until the Agency receives confirmation that the vehicle
has been stamped with the correct identity.

Registration of Vehicles without Identity

The following procedures must be followed when making application for the
registration and first licensing of a vehicle without identity

· You should use your nearest DVLA Local Office.

Applications from outside a DVLA Local Office's catchment area will be
refused;

· You will be asked to produce your driving licence as proof of identity and
address;
· You will be asked to produce official receipts from identifiable suppliers
for the components used in a rebuild. The authenticity of receipts may be
checked. They will be stamped by the DVLA Local Office before return;
· All vehicles without identity (VIN and registration mark) will be
inspected by DVLA and referred to the police.

These arrangements have been introduced in an effort to combat vehicle
crime. Applicants who rebuild vehicles and can prove the origins of the
components need not be concerned. However, if the police believe a vehicle
to be stolen DVLA will refuse to register and it may be impounded.
Prospective purchasers of vehicles without identity are advised to exercise
caution. If a vehicle is suspected of being stolen both it and the money
paid for it may be lost. Advice for prospective purchasers of vehicles (The
car buyers Guide) is available from Crime Prevention Officers and DVLA Local
Offices.


C. Kit Cars

Where all the parts of a vehicle are supplied new by the manufacturer.
Subject to the provision of satisfactory receipts and a Certificate of
Newness these vehicles will be registered under a current registration mark.

Kit cars which been built using not more than one reconditioned component
will also be registered under a current mark. This is subject to the
provision of satisfactory evidence that the component has been reconditioned
to an "as new" standard. An ESVA/SVA/MSVA test will be required. For details
of the SVA scheme, please see Import Section.


D. Kit Conversions

This is where a kit of new parts is added to an existing vehicle or old
parts are added to a kit comprising a manufactured body/chassis/monocoque
bodyshell. The general appearance of the vehicle will change and result in a
revised description on the registration document/Certificate.
A vehicle will retain its donor registration mark if either the original
unmodified chassis or unaltered monocoque bodyshell and two other major
components are used.

If a new monocoque bodyshell or chassis from a specialist kit manufacturer
is used (or an altered chassis/bodyshell from an existing vehicle) together
with two major components from a donor vehicle, an age related mark will be
assigned. The mark will be based on the age of the donor vehicle. An
ESVA/SVA/MSVA test will be required to register the vehicle.

Where there are insufficient parts from a donor vehicle or in cases where
the original registration mark is unknown, an ESVA/SVA/MSVA certificate will
be required to register the vehicle and a 'Q' prefix registration number
will be allocated.

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