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Have you replaced your blue log book yet?

In 2006, a large number of blank 'log books' (V5Cs) were stolen and used to legitimise fraudulent car sales. Lots of drivers think that a log book proves the person selling a car is the owner (it actually doesn't) so it was an easy way to make a buyer feel safe.

Since then, the DVLA has been replacing these original blue log books with a new red version, which is also more user-friendly. All new cars now come with a red log book, and any vehicle owner changing details (like their address) is issued with a new version as well.

Now, the DVLA is advising blue log book holders to request a replacement red log book so that, if they come to sell the car, they won't run into problems due to the general public distrusting the old version.

It's a simple process, and it could save you a lot of hassle down the road.

Order by post:

Just send your original blue V5C with a covering letter to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA.

Order by telephone:

Call 0300 790 6802 with the registration number, make and model of the vehicle and the document reference number of the blue V5C (the 11 digit number on the front of the log book). You must be the registered keeper and there must be no changes needed to the V5C.

Need some more information about log books? Read our explanation in the ingenie Young Driver's Guide.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .