Lost Log Book? How To Get A Replacement

Losing your car’s log book (V5) may cause you to panic but you shouldn’t because getting a replacement is fairly straightforward. Within this article, we walk you through what you should do if you’ve lost your log book and how to get a new one.

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Your car’s log book is a document that you rarely require until you are in the process of selling your car or you need to change any details. This means that unless you’ve put the log book in a safe place, it’s quite easy to lose. Luckily, if you’ve lost your log book, you can apply for a replacement online, by phone or by post and below we show you how.

How To Get A New Log Book

Getting a new log book is relatively straightforward to do and regardless of the method you choose, it’ll cost £25. Our recommended method is to use the government’s online service but you are only able to use this service if your details haven’t changed on the log book. If your details have changed, you’ll need to apply for a new log book by post or phone.

1. Application Online

The fastest way to get a new log book is to submit an online application with the DVLA through the government’s online service. In order for the application to go through successfully, you’ll be required to provide the following:

  • Registration number
  • VIN/chassis number
  • Full name
  • Postcode

Most people have troubles finding the VIN/chassis number but usually, you can find the number through your windshield, driver’s side door pillar, engine bay and a number of other places. However, if you are struggling to find it, we’ve written a guide that walks you through how to find your car’s VIN and what it’ll look like.

As stated above, you can only apply for a new log book online if your personal details haven’t changed.

2. V62 Form In The Post

If your details have changed, you can apply for a new log book by post using the V62 form. Upon this form, along with applying for a new log book, you can also change your details if required. However, unlike using the online service, application by post can take up to six weeks due to all the paperwork required at the DVLA.

3. Calling The DVLA

If you would prefer to speak to someone over the phone, you can do so by calling the DVLA on 0300 790 6802. However, you may have a lengthy wait on the phone and it can also take up to six weeks for a replacement log book to arrive.

How Long Does It Take To Get A New V5

Depending upon the method that you applied for a new log book will determine how long it’ll take to arrive. The recommended and fastest way to get a new log book is to apply for one online because it’ll arrive within 5 working days. However, as mentioned above, if any of your personal details have changed, you won’t be able to apply online.

Alternatively, if you apply for a new log book by post or phone, it can take up to 6 weeks, which can seem a very long time if you are in a rush. Therefore, we always recommend attempting to use the online service if possible.

Buying A Car Without A Log Book

If you’ve seen a car that you want to buy but the buyer states that they’ve lost the log book, you’ll need to apply for one yourself using the V62 form. It’ll cost you £25 and take up to six weeks to arrive but it’s important that you do so as soon as possible. If you do buy a car without a log book, it’s crucial that you check that the car hasn’t been stolen or there isn’t anything suspicious about it before handing over the money. On the flip side, if you want to sell a car without a V5, you can do so but you’ll want to inform the DVLA straightaway and provide the buyer with a bill of sale.


If you’ve lost your log book, don’t panic because it only takes a few minutes and £25 to get a replacement regardless of the method you use. However, if your personal details haven’t changed, we strongly recommend using the DVLA’s online service at GOV.UK due to how easy it is to use and the speed to which your new log book will arrive.

Hopefully our guide to what you should do if you’ve lost your log book has answered all your questions. However, if you need further information, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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