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Ex-UK military classic import registration

  • 30-05-2018 11:20am
    Registered Users Posts: 19,307 ✭✭✭✭

    Thoughts please.

    Importing an ex-military Landrover from the UK. It's 1977 vintage, but has a '82 registration from the DVLA (the vagaries of how the DLVA allocated regs on decommissioning).

    It's obviously a classic reg either way, but I wanted to ensure it got a reg corresponding to it's actual age - to avoid any need for NCT/DOE tests once it's registered. So, I'd look to have it registered with the actual age applied. To that end I've got official historic certificate of age, and the Landrover factory data on the release to the military, to confirm the age of the vehicle.

    So... Has anyone managed to get a classic registered with a year other than the one indicated on the UK plate, on the basis of evidence of a different age? I've tried going the DVLA route, but they'll amend the V5C with a note on the age, rather than change the reg itself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,320 ✭✭✭80sDiesel

    If you can get it with a MOT post 20th May you can get a 2 year NCT. Then when that is up it will be NCT exempt anyhow.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,307 ✭✭✭✭alastair

    80sDiesel wrote: »
    If you can get it with a MOT post 20th May you can get a 2 year NCT. Then when that is up it will be NCT exempt anyhow.

    It's been sorned for a couple of years. With the '82 reg, it would be due another test in 2020 - it wouldn't be '40' until 2022.

    I know the worst case scenario is it'll have to do two tests on it's '82 reg, but it's bound to be a headache - it's a forward control 101 ambulance, partial camper conversion, and bound to be a bureaucratic nightmare to test.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,307 ✭✭✭✭alastair

    Following up on my original post with an outcome, for general info.

    Finally (after two failed attempts to make registration appointments - thanks a bunch to the jobsworth in Arklow who wouldn’t entertain me after a red diesel checkpoint meant I was 10 minutes late for my appointment - and not another sinner in the place at the time) got the 101 approved for registration this week. Paying on Sunday. The registration office gave it a thorough going over, and accepted my certificates of build and delivery dates along with the (later registration date) certificate of export (V5C had been lost). A decision on what category and age to register it at were passed on to another office, and they got back two weeks later. 1977 it is. It’s already insured as a vintage vehicle.

    So a positive outcome in the end. They didn’t bother levying a fine for the delayed registration - which wouldn’t have amounted to much anyway, given the low vintage VRT rate.

    Sadly, the swapped engine in the thing isn’t going to cut it, so it’ll be a while before it’s ready for the road.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard

    all good then. :-)

    as a comment after the fact, they go on the date on the V5C (when it isn't lost...) rather than the date on the plate.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,307 ✭✭✭✭alastair

    Date on the V5C was the year of civilian registration - which I definitely didn’t want it registered as. I’d got a replacement V5C that had it flagged as a historic vehicle, but it was sent to an older holder address, and the seller refused to follow up with Swansea.

    But all good in the end.

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