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Importing a vehicle - commonly used terms

What is a CoC?

A Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is granted to a product that has met the regulatory, technical and safety requirements required  of The Type Approval process. The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will normally require a CoC before a vehicle can be registered in the UK. A CoC is required before an application under the Mutual recognition scheme can be accepted. Note that for Vans and Light Goods Vehicles, partial - incomplete (stage 1 only) CoCs cannot be accepted

To obtain an original duplicate of the CoC, you will need to contact the manufacturer direct (not the dealer), who may charge for this service. Important note: VCA do not hold and are therefore unable to provide CoCs.

What is a Registration Document?

Also known as a V5C vehicle registration certificate, or log book. This is the document issued and managed by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) that records details about the vehicle and the name of the registered keeper. You can apply for a replacement here: https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-registration-certificate-v5c-log-book

What is a Commission Notice Letter

Carries out the same function as a CoC. Provided by the manufacturer as evidence of the test standards that the vehicle has met. 

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