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I want to import/export a vehicle. What do I need to do?

What you need to know about Importing and Exporting your Volkswagen. 

If you are importing or exporting your Volkswagen there are a number of documents you may need and organisations you may have to inform. This will depend on the age of the vehicle and where you are importing and exporting to and from. The information on our importing/exporting FAQ's page should help you decide what you need.


Importing a right or left hand drive vehicle over 10-years old from an EU or non-EU country

Regardless of the origin of your vehicle, if its over 10-years old it can be registered through the DVLA with a dating letter and a current MOT. A dating letter will state the date of the vehicles manufacture.
To request a dating letter for your vehicle, please email your full chassis and postal address to type.approval@vwg.co.uk. You will be contacted via email when your documents are available and being posted to you.
If your vehicle is a 1982 model or earlier then it is likely to have a shorter VIN (e.g. a sequence of 10 numbers of less). Unfortunately we do not hold any record for these vehicles, to obtain any information or documentation please contact the Wolfsburg Museum: 0049 5361 84 84 171 (English speaking) history@volkswagen.de- for Date of Manufacture Letters Or www.volkswagen-automuseum.defor Certificates  Data Sheets.

 

Importing a vehicle under 10-years old from an EU country

If you are importing a vehicle under 10-years old from another EU country, youll need a European Certificate of Conformity (COC) for the DVLA. The COC is an official document issued to all vehicles built to be sold and registered within the EU. The certificate confirms the vehicle has been tested and meets EU Type Approval standards. Certificates are only available in German language (that of the manufacturer) and are not available in any other language. This official document is recognised by all relevent authorities.
To order your certificate, please visit our FactoryLogisticswebsite. There is an administration fee of 50 which is payable at point of ordering.

 


Importing a vehicle under 10-years old from a non-EU country

If you are importing a vehicle from a non-EU country you will need to contact the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) who will be able to provide you with an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.
A certificate of Conformity (COC) is not available for vehicles manufactured for countries outside the EU. Alternatively you will need to obtain a Statement of Compliance from the exporting country authorities.
Importing a left hand drive vehicle under 10-years old from an EU country
To import a left hand drive vehicle you must make sure the following modifications have been made to comply with UK road regulations:

Headlights permanently adjusted/replaced to suit UK traffic
Rear fog lights operate as a pair or only on the right hand side
Speedometer graduated in miles per hour (MPH)
Your vehicle has two exterior rear-view mirrors

You will need to present a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and evidence that any necessary modifications have been made, for example receipts and/or invoices, to the VehicleCertification Agency(VCA). You will then have to register the vehicle through the DVLA.


Exporting to an EU country

To export your vehicle to a country within the EU you will need to provide a Certificate of Conformity (COC). To order your certificate, please visit our Factory Logistics website. There is an administration fee of 50 which is payable at point of ordering.

The certificate is not available for passenger vehicles pre 1997. In this instance contact the vehicle authorities of the country of import for more information on their local importation rules and regulations.
Exporting to a country outside the EU

For all exports to non-EU countries you should contact the vehicle authorities of the country you are importing in to for more information on their local importation rules and regulations. If you need documentation, such as a Statement of Compliance, then please email type.approval@vwg.co.uk with your request stating your full chassis number. You will be contacted via email when your documents are available and being posted to you.


Chassis/Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

To produce the correct documents for your vehicle youll need to supply its unique 17 character VIN/Chassis number. You can find this on your vehicle or in its logbook. If you have difficulty finding this number refer to the owners manual for your vehicle, or contact your local Retailer.


Low emission zone area

You may need to supply an official low emissions zone letter to confirm the EU Emissions standard of your vehicle. To request this document, please email your full chassis and postal address to type.approval@vwg.co.uk. You will be contacted via email when your documents are available and being posted to you.


Amend an error on a V5 registration document

If you need to amend an error on your V5 registration document please contact Volkswagen Customer Serviceson 0800 0833 920.
UK model equivalent
To find the UK model equivalent of your vehicle please contact Volkswagen Customer Services on 0800 0833 920.


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