Do I need to tell DVLA if I wrap my car or company vehicle?

If you are wrapping your car or van, you should notify the DVLA as soon as it’s done. In the past, it wasn’t a requirement to notify the DVLA if you’d wrapped your car or van, as this was considered a ‘temporary modification’. However, the DVLA changed its stance on wraps in 2017 deeming them now a ‘permanent change’, and requires all vehicle owners to report this modification.

The police and other law enforcements rely on the DVLA to provide accurate information on vehicles in the case of investigations, which includes information such as make, model and colour. If your vehicle get stolen for example, the DVLA will use information it has on file to send to police. If your car is black on file, but it’s fully wrapped in white, it would be much more effective that this modification is on file to prevent inaccurate information being sent out.

Notifying the DVLA is fairly simple, you will just need to complete section 7 of the registration certificate V5C. Once this is complete, you can then return it to DVLA (DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA). Once the paperwork has been submitted to report the change of the vehicle’s colour, you should then receive a new certificate within the next 2 to 4 weeks.

Do I need to tell my insurance if I wrap my car or company vehicle?

In addition to letting the DVLA know of a vehicle wrap, it is also important to notify your car insurance. We recommend letting your insurance company know in advance of your intentions, so that you can confirm that your policy will still be valid afterwards. Some insurance providers may see a wrap as a temporary change, and will not require you to fill out any paperwork, however, others may deny insurance claims if you fail to report the wrap on your vehicle.

Is vehicle wrapping legal in the UK?

Yes, it is completely legal to wrap your car, van, bus or motorbike in the UK. There are no current laws in place (as at March 2023) surrounding wrapping cars. There are, however, restrictions in what you can do, for example impersonating a UK police car.