As is the way with such things, scrapping a car isn’t quite as simple as handing it over and kissing it goodbye. In fact, it’s a legal requirement to let the DVLA know you’ve scrapped your car and that it will no longer be used on public roads.

Like it or not, it’s a necessary evil. In fact, fail to let the DVLA know and you could be looking at more than an unpleasant reminder letter through the door.  You could be lumped with a painful penalty of up to £1,000. 

On the plus side, addressing the admin when scrapping your car can be surprisingly simple. Here at Take My Scrap Car, we always lend a hand with the admin side of things and ensure the paperwork is taken care of. We take peace of mind seriously, doing whatever it takes to get the job done quickly, efficiently and completely.

Nevertheless, if you choose to go ahead and make your scrap vehicle declaration to the DVLA manually, there are a few ways of going about it. 


By far, the quickest and easiest way of making the declaration is to head over to the DVLA’s official website. Simply enter your vehicle registration number, along with the 11-digit reference number from Section 9 of your logbook or V5C and the full details of the Authorised Treatment Facility you used to scrap your car. The whole thing is taken care of instantaneously and you’ll be provided with a confirmation e-mail, just as soon as your declaration has been received and processed. 

By Post

If you prefer, you can also choose the old-fashioned option and get in touch with the DVLA by post. The process is pretty much the same, only you’ll need to send Section 9 of your logbook after filling it in, rather than simply providing the reference number. Pop it in an envelope and send it to the DVLA at its usual address:



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Confirming Receipt of your Declaration

For obvious reasons, it’s good to know that the DVLA has actually received and processed your declaration. If something gets lost or delayed along the way, it’ll ultimately be you who’s held responsible.

As mentioned above, sending a declaration by e-mail will usually result in an instant e-mail notification. If you intend to send you the declaration by post, be sure to send the documents signed-for and registered. This way, you’ll have concrete proof regarding if and when they arrived at the DVLA’s office. 

Of course, you can always give them a quick call to ensure things have been received and processed accordingly. Even if it means hanging around on hold for quite a while, it’s worth it for your peace of mind!

For the quickest, easiest and most rewarding approach to car scrapping and recycling, we’re standing by to provide our full support. Contact the team at Take My Scrap Car today for an obligation-free consultation.