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It is your responsibility to inform the DVLA when you sell or purchase a car. Both the buyer and the seller must sign a tear off slip of the V5.

If you fail to notify the DVLA of any changes in ownership you will still receive any documentation from any organisations relating to that vehicle, i.e. parking fines. You will also be committing an offence.

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