DVLA has now completed automatic roll out of the red vehicle registration certificate (V5C). It is now encouraging the keepers of any vehicles who still have an old style blue V5C to replace it with new a red V5C free of charge. DVLA also recommends that any buyer offered a second hand vehicle with a blue V5C gets the seller to replace the document with a red one from DVLA before they part with any money for the vehicle.
DVLA completed the automatic roll out in 2012. The new style red document was automatically issued when:
DVLA recommends buyers ask to see proof of ownership of a vehicle - such as a bill of sale - and check the vehicle’s service records and a MOT certificate to assure themselves that the sale is legal.
Criminals try to legitimise the sale of a stolen or cloned vehicle with a forged or stolen registration certificate and they get away with it because many motorists believe that a V5C registration certificate is proof of ownership. It is important that motorists are aware that this is not the case.
GOV.UK has details giving motorists tips on what to look out for whenbuying a second hand car or search Google for: Buyer Beware DVLA.
Existing V5Cs will remain valid until they are replaced.