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DVLA failure to notify change of keeper

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Hi all, new on here but problem is that I recently sold my cat "C" insurance write off to a friend and informed DVLA of the change by 2nd class letter. DVLA refused to issue me with a V5 until such time as I got the car VIC checked so I coulndt pass on the relevant part of a V5 to the new owner as I never had one from DVLA. I had the car on SORN during my ownership but now I get a letter from an enforcement agency in Birmingham demanding money from me as they say I didn't notify DVLA of the change of ownership.

DVLA in Swansea tell me that they never received my notification letter however they did write a security letter to me when the new keeper applied for his V5 and tax asking if I would confirm his application was genuine. I responded that it was and they were fine about everything until this demand from Birmingham. The new owner confirms that I posted my notification letter to DVLA at the point of sale and in his presence...surely I'm not responsible for Royal Mail failing to deliver??..what should I do???

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Your legal obligation is to notify DVLA of change of keeper by posting the relevant portion of V5c to them. You did that. DVLA have taken many, many people to court for this and have lost everytime. Whetehr they received iot, lost it, ate it or anything else is not relevant in law.


Write to them confirming you posted the V5c to them as required in law and it was witnessed by the buyer. You have fulfilled your legal obligation. They will either ignoire you, write back telling you that you owe them money or take you to court. In all events you will pay them nothing.

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