Legal requirements

Make sure you don't find yourself on the wrong side of the law: These are some of the legal requirements you should be aware of:

  1. Registration Certificate issued by the DVLA: When you buy a car, you must advise the DVLA that you are the new legal owner by sending off the Registration Certificate issued by the DVLA (also known as a log book). Your UK car insurance (for women or men) will only be valid if you have transferred ownership. NEVER BUY A CAR WITHOUT THE LOG BOOK. It may be stolen and if repossessed at a future date you would have no chance of getting your money back. You should look after your log book when you buy a new car - and never leave it in the car!
  2. MOT: You are legally required to get an MOT if your car is 3 years old or older. The MOT must be renewed every year.
  3. Insurance: UK car insurance for women and men has been compulsory since 1930.
  4. Tax: You must have valid road tax on your car to meet legal requirements. For women (and men) who have cars off the road, tax can be waived and even reclaimed, but only if the car is not on the public highway. Cars built before 01/01/1973 are exempt from road tax.
  5. Driving licence - You must hold a valid driving licence to get UK car insurance. For drivers under 70, photocard licences need to be renewed every 10 years; drivers over 70 must renew their licences every 3 years.