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Certificate of Destruction - Do you need it?

Certificate of Destruction (CoD) is a document issued by DVLA to a registered Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). Legally, all cars recycled by an ATF must be issued with a CoD. 

Lots of people are confused about what documentation they need when they sell a car for scrap or salvage. We’re not surprised, because there is a lot of contradictory material out there, some of which has been provided by DVLA themselves. 

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Certificate of Destruction

If you take a look at the ‘Your Responsibilities as the Registered Keeper’ section on the V5C, you will be able to see for yourself. In the *Scrapping your vehicle sub-section, it clearly states:
‘If you do not receive a CoD immediately please fill in section 9 of the V5C and send to DVLA.’ 



On the reverse of Section 9/V5C/3 (below) it says: ‘You cannot use the V5C to tell us you have scrapped your vehicle’ 

V5C section 9

However, if you visit the DVLA website It states:

"You can only get an authentic Certificate of Destruction (CoD) from an ATF. You could still be liable for traffic offence penalties or vehicle tax if you don’t have a CoD when your vehicle’s scrapped"

DVLA website 

Make your mind up, DVLA!   

One minute you say you need a CoD and we can’t use the V5C and in the next paragraph you tell us to fill in section 9 of the V5C. And then, if the ATF chooses not to provide a CoD they don't have to? Confused?

If you actually speak to DVLA, their message is quite clear – when you sell a car for scrap or salvage, they need to be notified, so that you are no longer the registered keeper in their records. To do this, you can return Section 9 of the V5C or notify them in writing. Lets just hope DVLA receive either section 9 or your letter as if they don't, guess what they'll be asking for? yep you guessed it ...a COD!

We called DVLA for more information and they told us that if you are selling your car for scrap all you need to do is:

Make sure the company that collects your car completes Section 9 of the V5C and hands it over to you. Section 9 is the yellow section on the top of the third page of the V5C document. 

You then sign Section 9 and return it to DVLA. This notifies DVLA that you are no longer the registered owner of the vehicle and it has been sold to the motor trade. 

When the car is scrapped by the Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), they have to produce a Certificate of Destruction (CoD). The CoD only applies to end of life vehicles (ELV).

But, you only get a CoD if the ATF actually decide to scrap and not sell it?

Still concerned about a CoD?

A CoD can only be issued by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), but they are only obliged to issue them if they actually scrap your car. DVLA allow ATFs to make the decision about whether your car is scrapped or repaired and sold on so if you require a Cod for any particular reason, make this clear when disposing of your car and ensure the company is ATF registered. Check the ATF Register

At Remove My Car, we operate a different policy – we prefer to give you the choice about what happens to your car and if you want a CoD, especially if you are scrapping your car with us on the basis that one of our ATF members are to scrap your vehicle and issue a CoD. But you will need to tell us you want a CoD up front, as scrapping your car will affect its value.


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