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How to register a vehicle with a NOVA certificate

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If you are researching into NOVA clearances then you are most likely looking to import your vehicle. We can help with the entire process.

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We can assist with the process of exporting your car from the EU.


We can handle NOVA clearances on your behalf and help with any customs clrearance.


We can modify your vehicle for compliance in the United Kingdom.


We can conduct the required testing on your vehicle once it arrives in the UK.


We can assist with the documentation of your vehicle if you require any date of build letters or Certificates of Conformity.


We can register your vehicle for you so that you don't have too.

Registering a vehicle with a NOVA (Notification of Vehicle Arrivals) certificate is an essential step in the process of importing a vehicle into the United Kingdom. The NOVA certificate is issued by HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) and indicates that the vehicle has been declared for tax purposes.

If you are importing your car to the United Kingdom we can assist with the entire process, including applying for your NOVA. We understand that it can be a complicated process and we aim to make it simple to import your car to the United Kingdom.

Here are the steps to register a vehicle with a NOVA certificate so you have an idea of the process but we recommend getting in touch for more information on the service that we offer.

Ensure Compliance with UK Regulations:

Before starting the registration process, we ensure that your imported vehicle complies with UK safety and environmental standards. It should meet the necessary vehicle requirements, such as lighting, seatbelts, and emissions standards.

If it doesn’t then components like lighting might require adjustments. When you get a quote to import your car we undertake all of this on your behalf.

Obtain a NOVA Certificate:

You should have already obtained a NOVA certificate when you notified HMRC of your vehicle’s arrival in the UK. Make sure you have this certificate on hand before proceeding.

If you need help to get one then we will do this for you.

Register with the DVLA:

The next step is to register your vehicle with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). We will complete the necessary paperwork on your behalf and use your NOVA certificate to get the car registered in the United Kingdom.

Pay Applicable Fees:

You will need to pay the relevant fees for vehicle registration. The exact amount will depend on the vehicle type, engine size, and other factors. You can typically find fee information on the DVLA’s website.

We will provide you with accurate information at the time of quotation.

Obtain Number Plates:

After your vehicle is registered, we arrange for the issuance of UK number plates. These plates must meet UK standards and should be properly affixed to your vehicle. Again, this is something that My Car Import take care of.

In some rare cases we can remotely register your vehicle and will post your number plates to your house.


It’s mandatory to have insurance for your vehicle. You need to secure an insurance policy from a reputable provider.

We can provide assistance in ensuring your paperwork is correct at the time of registration so you don’t have issues registering your vehicle.

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED):

Ensure you have paid the required Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) for your vehicle. You can typically do this online through the DVLA’s website.

This is something that we undertake on your behalf.

MOT (if applicable):

If your vehicle is over three years old, it will require an annual MOT (Ministry of Transport) test. Ensure that the vehicle has a valid MOT certificate if it’s necessary.

Again, this is something that we will advise upon during the import process.

The specific requirements and fees for registration may vary depending on the type and age of the vehicle. If you encounter any difficulties or have questions during the registration process, consider consulting with My Car Import to help you navigate the complexities of importing and registering your vehicle in the UK.

We import hundreds of cars each month and a plethora of those fall into the NOVA category.

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