Register your Lambretta
There is a lot of myth surrounding the registering of your Lambretta. The situation is not helped by some of the forms that DVLA insist on sending out. To assist you make your way through this process we have written the following guidelines. These are guidelines only
Please Note: LCGB authenticate Lambrettas wherever they were manufactured (Italy, Spain, India etc).
Registering A Scooter Which Has No Registration Or Log Book:
1. Take a rubbing of the prefix and frame number
2. write down the engine number
**The best way to do this is to stick masking tape over your frame number, use a pencil and rub over the entire number, including the model prefix. Stick the masking tape onto some plain paper, and write the frame number on the paper as well, just as a double check.
Send both of the above to Jain, with a cheque or postal order for the right amount and we will prepare your letter of authentication. In return you will get your letter of authenticity and another letter explaining what to do next. If you would prefer to pay via Paypal using your credit card, please see opposite.
The main address for ALL Registration Applications is:
Jain Mc Garty, 121 Woodhouse Lane, Wigan, Lancs WN6 7LY
Click HERE to Email Jain
IMPORTANT: Please be aware.
ONLY send us photocopies of any supporting documents such as old log books, tax discs, etc. Do NOT send the originals, the LCGB will not be held responsible for returning them to you.
Please send your information via NORMAL POST, sending by Recorded or Registered post may delay your application as we are all volunteers and have to fit our Club work around our full time jobs and it is not always possible to collect mail from the local sorting office.
We have written a short guide on the process of how you go about obtaining your registration documents, and what you need to do.
Registering A Scooter With A Registration Number
(No current V5 but documentary evidence):
If you have the old green or buff RF 60 log book, or an old pre-1983 tax disc, or MOT certificate you can use these as documentary proof that your scooter is linked to the registration listed on whichever of these items you have. Get your item of documentary evidence photocopied and then get the photocopy validated by your local VRO. Send a photocopy of the evidence you are using along with a frame rubbing from your scooter, engine number, a recent photograph of the scooter and form V765 to Jain and she will complete a letter of authenticity requesting the allocation of the original mark back to your scooter. This will then be returned to you with another letter listing what you will need to do next and where to send your paperwork.
DVLA require all vehicles that are applying for plates via the V765 route to be complete.
(No current V5 and NO documentary evidence):
You will firstly need to prove entitlement to the registration number on your scooter. Contact DVLA and ask if they have any record of it - if they have no record of it you may be able to obtain an archive library record from the original issuing authority (if they still have the record!). You can find a list of the English and Welsh Record offices at: www.oz.net/~markhow/englishros.htm
This website lists the contact details for the relevant original issuing authorities. Once you have contacted them and they have supplied you with a validated copy of the original archive record then send this and the frame and engine numbers of your scooter to Jain, along with a form V765. Jain will then complete a letter of authenticity requesting that the original registration mark be allocated to your scooter. She will then return all the paperwork to you along with another letter listing what to do next and where to send your paperwork.
LCGB quick guide to registering a Lambretta
The most comon form of needing to obtain a registration is due to importation of having no valid documents. For this the DVLA will issue a new registration, valid to the year of production. For this you will need to do the following :-
• First of all take a frame rubbing as per the instructions on te main page.
• Send the frame rubbing and the appropriate fee to the LCGB.
• MOT the scooter, this will have to be done on the frame number.
• Insure the scooter, again the identity will be the frame number.
• Obtain and fill in a V55/5. You only need to fill in the parts that are relevant to a two wheeled motor scooter, ie you do not need to fill out such items as axle weight, seating capicity etc etc.
• Send the V55/5, a copy of your insurance certificate, the MOT, the letter of authentication from the LCGB, and the apppropriate fee to your local DVLA office
• Many DVLA offices work in different ways, some require you to make an appointment for inspection of the scooter, some do not, some require you to have an appointment, some may let you just turn up, you must check what your DVLA requires you to do, they make the rules.
• The DVLA will then return your paper work ammended in the appropriate ways. They will you notify you of your registration mark, send back an ammended MOT, etc.
• Once you have these details back, you can then of course have made and fit a number plate to use on the public highways. You should also notify your insurance company of the vehicles registration number.
Listed below are the answers to some popular questions.
Q. Can I ride my scooter to the MOT test station?
A. Legally speaking yes, as long as your scooter is booked into the MOT test station, and the test station is within a reasonable distance. By this the law means that if you live in Devon, and book a MOT with a station is Scotland, this is unaceptable, your nearest MOT station should be used.
When booking the MOT, you should notify the test station of your frame number, so if you are stopped by the police, it can be verifed you are indeed on your way for the MOT to be carried out. It may also be a good idea to write your frame number on the rear of the scooter, where the number plate would normally go, but this is not a legal requirement. Of course the scooter MUST be insured for use on public roads.
Q. While I am waiting for the DVLA to issue my registration can I ride my Lambretta?
A. No, you must then wait until the DVLA have issued a registration mark.
Q. Can I ride my Scooter to the DVLA inspection?
A. No, many DVLA offices will even refuse to inspect the scooter.
Q. Can I choose my registration letters?
A. No, one will be allocated to your vehicle, it will also be issued on a non transferable basis, meaning you cannot sell or transfer the numbers.
Q. What type/colour of number plate can I have on my scooter?
A. It depends on the year your Lambretta is verified as being. Pre 1973 machines can display a number plate in black backing with white or silver letters, or the more modern yellow backed ones, with black letters. In all cases number plates will need to be made to the current legal requirements in terms of size and letter spacing etc. Machines with a registration date after 1973 can only display a yellow / black number plate.
Notes on number plates
The DVLA require number plate manufacturers to be registered manufacturers, also all companies supply number supply need to be registered as well. When purchasing number plates you are required by law to supply documentory evidence that you are entittled to have the registration plates made. This normally requires two documents, one to prove who you are, one to prove the registration numbers for your vehicle. You may in some instances be able to have "show plates" made, which differ in size and shape to the legal requirements, but of course these should not be used on vehicles whilst on the public highways. If caught and the DVLA prove that a company made them for you to use on the road, the DVLA have the power to fine and to revoke the license for the supplying company making the plates.