Re-Registering your Campervan Conversion
DVLA Re-Register Campervan Conversion.
It is now a legal requirement that all UK registered vehicle’s are classified correctly on the V5C log book. All campervans, motor caravans and motorhomes fall into the DVLA category of “Motor Caravan”.
If you have converted your van into a motor caravan then you must return the V5C to DVLA for amendment.
There are a number of requirements that your vehicle must have to qualify for reclassification as a campervan conversion.
- a door that provides access to the living accommodation.
- a bed which has a minimum length of 1800mm. This can be converted from seats used for other purpose during the day but must be permanently fixed within the body of the vehicle.
- a water storage tank or container either on or in the vehicle.
- a seating and dining area permanently attached to the vehicle. The table may be detachable but must have some permanent means of attachment to the vehicle, it is not good enough to have a loose table.
- a permanently fixed means of storage, a cupboard, locker or wardrobe.
- a permanently fixed cooking facility within the vehicle, powered by gas or electricity.
- at least one window on the side of the accommodation.
If the vehicle has all of these features present, permanently fixed and installed properly then it is a legal requirement to have it reclassified as a Motor Caravan on the V5C.
Campervan reclassification Process
The process for changing the classification on the V5C is as follows:
DVLA will require photographic evidence of the completed conversion showing the changes made to your Campervan, along with a description of the work carried out and any receipts. If you fail to provide sufficient clear evidence of the changes made DVLA may wish to inspect the vehicle prior to approving a change to the V5C.
The evidence provided should be:
- Make sure that the vehicle is completely finished, clean and tidy and that all the required features are in place and visible.
- Exterior photographs from the front and rear with the registration plates clearly visible. If the vehicle has a rear door it should be opened and showing some of the interior.
- Interior photographs of each of the required features with the bed and table in the usable position.
- On each photograph write a description of what the photograph shows with the date and the vehicle registration number.
What you are trying to do is to provide clear evidence that what you have made is permanently a “Motor Caravan” and that the furniture and fixings have been fitted to a satisfactory standard. You need to provide the DVLA with sufficient clear evidence in order for them to simply change the V5C and to send it back to you. You should write your covering letter to explain that you have completed the conversion of a van into a “Motor Caravan” and that you are now seeking to have your V5C amended. Make it clear in the letter that you understand the requirements and list what your vehicle has ie permanently and securely fixed:
- Seats and table
- Sleeping accommodation which may be converted from seats
- Cooking facilities
- Water storage
- Storage facilities
State the date that your conversion was completed, ideally this should be the date that is shown on the back of the photographs.
Submit all this information back to DVLA and all being well your V5C will just arrive back amended within 4 wks, there is currently no charge for this amendment.