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DVLA’s new vehicle registration service for the motor industry launches on GOV.UK

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We’re delighted to announce that our Register a Vehicle (RaV) service has passed its public beta assessment and is now available on GOV.UK.

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RaV has replaced the old Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) service and is used by manufacturers and retailers to register brand new vehicles.

This is a huge milestone for us in transforming our vehicle first registration services and as we explained in our last blog, it’s been a successful multi-team effort.

We have successfully migrated more than 150 motor manufacturers and more than 5,000 retailers to RaV, and have registered just over 1.3 million brand new vehicles.

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What our service users have said so far

Our user feedback for RaV has been extremely positive – here are just some of the comments we’ve had:

The introduction of the new service has made the day to day running of the business smoother.

We have received excellent support from the Helpdesk and project team.

The service is quicker and so much easier to use.

We’ll keep on gathering feedback from people who use the service so we can continue to adapt to the industry’s ever-changing needs.

Coming up next

Now the service is in public beta, what’s next for RaV? We’re always looking to improve the service, adding extra functionality to enhance user journeys and make sure we meet our customers’ needs. Our aim is to meet the service standard for live services on GOV.UK. We’ll keep in touch with our users as this progresses.

RaV is only a relatively small part of the wider transformation of first registration services though. There’s more to come as we continue our transformation, so watch this space!

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  1. Comment by Colin Hughes posted on

    Very pleased it's working . Look forward to more upgrades
    Well done everyone

  2. Comment by Nicholas Gennt posted on

    It’s a good ideax

  3. Comment by Raymond ongley posted on

    very happy to see it all coming together for a much better service, keep up the good work you're doing.

  4. Comment by M Chase posted on

    This is great, Lets hope TFL and other licensing bodies will accept applications with RaV screenshots in place of the long established AFRL forms.

  5. Comment by John Dobson posted on

    It sounds great - How I wish the service had been available when I owned a Peugeot dealership. We must have made thousands of trips to Guildford over the years. Well done.

  6. Comment by Adrian Sheard posted on

    How does this work with transferred personal number plates?

    • Replies to Adrian Sheard>

      Comment by Helen Jones, RaV team posted on

      Hi Adrian - it's possible to put your personalised registration number on your new car when it's registered for the first time using the new Register a Vehicle service. Simply use our personalised registration service to take the personalised registration number off your old car, then provide your dealer with either the certificate or the reference number. They can use this to allocate your personalised registration number to your new car when it's registered for the first time.