What is a logbook?

Rules & regulations

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A logbook is NOT proof that you own the car.

Your logbook or V5C registration certificate is proof that you are the registered keeper of your vehicle, which only means that you're responsible for registering and taxing the vehicle.

A logbook is very important if you ever sell your car, or if you're buying a used car. You should never buy a car that doesn't have a logbook as this could be a sign the owner has taken out a 'logbook loan' on the vehicle, borrowing money against the value of the car. If this is the case and the original owner doesn't repay the loan, you could have a fight on your hands when the bailiffs turn up to repossess the car.

Logbooks are now red, after years of being blue. If you are intending to buy a car but it still has a blue logbook, ask the seller to request a new red version from the DVLA before you pay them any money.

Get a new RED log book

Order by post:

Just send your original blue logbook 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 logbook (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.

Find out more about the new red logbooks in our update on the ingenie blog.

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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 .