Do you have to register a mobility scooter with the DVLA?


So you’re thinking about buying your first mobility scooter, but you want to be as prepared as possible when it comes to documentation and official status… Do you have to register a mobility scooter with the DVLA? Can you drive a new mobility scooter out of the dealership – without paperwork?

There are many common queries around paperwork and registering a mobility scooter with the DVLA.

Don’t worry though, this article will tell you more about mobility scooter classes, taxes and even how to register mobility scooters with the DVLA.

The DVLA & Mobility Scooters

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is responsible for keeping a list of drivers and vehicles used in the UK. Mobility scooters are classed as invalid vehicles. Whilst they are exempt from paying tax (tax), some require registration.

What are the classes of mobility scooters?

Class 2 – these are designed to be used on pavements. They cannot be used on the road. They have a maximum speed of 4mph.
Class 3 – these can be used on the road and the pavement. They have a maximum speed of 8mph.

Which mobility scooters must be registered?

‘Class 3 invalid carriages’ is the only class which requires registration. Mobility scooters defined as ‘class 2 invalid carriages’ do not need to be registered.

The government has made a simple list to help you register yours.

How to register a mobility scooter with the DVLA

Registering your mobility scooter is easy. Use the V55/M application to register your mobility scooter. Included with all new Scooterpac mobility scooters, we pre-complete all forms with relevant information. Evidence that your vehicle is brand-new will need to be submitted. A Certificate of Newness is included with all new mobility scooters. Post your completed V55/M and Certificate of Newness, to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AR.

DVLA will then send you a V5C (log book). This includes your registration number. Whilst some people like to fit a number plate, it is not a legal requirement to display one.

Do I have to pay tax on mobility scooters?

The DVLA defines mobility scooters as a ‘Disabled Taxation Class’. This means they are rated as ‘nil’ tax. You do not have to annually renew your vehicle. This is done automatically.

Now that you know how to register a mobility scooter, locate your nearest Scooterpac mobility dealer. They will be happy provide you with more information and guidance.

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