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The DVLA require an owner to provide evidence of the manufacturing date from the manfacturer where available. Until recently this has been problematic with Volkswagen vehicles as there has been a considerable lead time in obtaining such a document from the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg. However, this has changed, as the museum is now able to supply a Data Sheet correlating production date and chassis number (VIN) with a slightly quicker turnaround. I have supplied a sample of this document to the DVLA and received confirmation that it is admissable evidence for all applications. An example of a Data Sheet or a Zertifikat (often called a Birth Certificate) can be seen here.
Should Volkswagen inform an owner in writing that they cannot provide the details then in most cases the Historic Volkswagen Club can help.
We are able to issue an Age Certificate in the form of a letter confirming the period of manufacture of a Volkswagen vehicle for use by an owner to obtain an 'Age Related' registration mark in the UK . This letter should then be passed, by the owner, to the DVLA for processing. We may be able to provide proof of production date for 'Historic Vehicle' classification depending on available data but the VW museum should be approached first.
To obtain an age verification letter the owner MUST supply the club with the following items...
Enquries with photographs embedded in emails will be rejected!
Please send all photographs etc. as attachments to email@example.com
all file names MUST include the vehicle VIN.
Good quality photos please.
We are also approved by the DVLA as part of the their V765 Scheme for reclaiming the registration mark of a vehicle that is not recorded on their systems see DVLA information see links above.
For the club to process V765 forms please note the following...
Inspections - There are some occasions which necessitate an inspection of the vehicle, if this is the case a Historic Volkswagen Club representative will contact the owner to arrange the inspection. In these cases the owner will be expected to pay any expenses incurred by the person inspecting his or her vehicle.
Please also be aware that vehicles of non German production are often difficult or even impossible for us to check.
'M' Plate - Transporters from 1959 to 1979 have a plate attached which defines the original build details, up to 1968 this plate is normally behind one of the front seats, post 1968 the plate is on the transverse air duct under the dash (difficult to photograph I know).
Both of the above are Free 'members only' services. Non members should use the membership services on this web site to join the Historic Volkswagen Club and send vehicle details as above.
Please note that this free service to members extends to a maximum of two applications (VIN numbers) per member per membership year. The club will process further applications from a member in any membership year at a charge of £20 per application.
All enquiries should be addressed to:-
Rod Sleigh, 28 Longnor Road, Telford, TF1 3NY
Initial telephone enquiries between 9.00am and 8.00pm weekdays UK time may be made to 01952 242167
or email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org