Vehicle Registration for the Motor Trade

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Working in the motor trade means you have to keep up-to-date records of the vehicles that come into your possession. Some businesses in the motor trade only deal with customer vehicles for a short period of time so it’s not necessary to register them.

For businesses, such as car dealers, car manufacturers and vehicle importers though, there needs to be a clear record of the vehicles you have in your possession. This is where the various vehicle registration schemes for the motor trade come in.

Types of vehicle registration schemes

There are 3 main types of vehicle registration schemes for the motor trade. They are –

  • The non-secure registration scheme – Every motor trader must use the non-secure registration scheme for a period of at least 6 months when they first start registering vehicles. It is essentially the entry-level scheme that is used to show you can register vehicles reliably and without any issues before moving onto the secure and AFRL schemes.
  • The secure registration scheme - Once you’ve used the non-secure registration scheme for at least 6 months without any irregularities, then you’re able to apply for the secure registration scheme, which is designed to streamline the registration process.
  • the Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) scheme - In order to apply for the AFRL scheme, you need to have been using the secure scheme for at least 3 months without issues. The AFLR scheme is essentially a web-based version of the secure scheme. It makes registering vehicles much easier for those working in the motor trade.

How do I apply?

Below are the appropriate links to apply for each of the 3 vehicle registration schemes that include information on the necessary forms and documents you’ll need to supply and who you need to contact.  –

The non-secure registration scheme

The secure registration scheme

The AFRL scheme