Your Bantam must substantially complete and recognisable as a motorcycle, not a collection of parts in boxes!
- Completed V765
- Completed V55/5
- Supporting documentation i.e. old Logbook or Certificate from Local Authority
- Rubbings of Engine and Frame numbers
- Photos of Engine and Frame numbers
- 2 photos of the complete bike (one with signed declaration)
- Covering Letter with a contact Telephone Number
- Cheque payable to BSA Bantam Club
You need to fill in the forms V765 (available from the Post Office or downloaded from gov.uk here) and V55/5, which must be ordered from DVLA either by phone 0300 700 6802 or at https://www.gov.uk/dvlaforms.
When filling in the V55/5 form only fill in the following sections, leave the rest blank.
On page one:
Section 1: Registration Number: enter the Registration Number
Section 2: Tax class: enter ‘Historic’
Section 5: Manufacturer: enter ‘BSA’
Section 6: Make: enter ‘BSA’
Section 7: Model: enter your model
Section 8: Type of Body/Vehicle: enter ‘motorcycle’
Section 9: Wheelplan: enter ‘two wheel’
Section 10: Colour: enter the main colour of the motorcycle, only use standard official DVLA colours (beige, black, blue, bronze, brown, cream, gold, green, grey, maroon, purple, orange, pink, red, silver, turquoise, white or yellow are acceptable)
Section 27: Year of Manufacture: Dating Officer will enter year matching your dating certificate
Section 30: Type of Fuel: enter ‘Petrol’
Section 31: VIN/Chassis/Frame No: enter the complete frame number as it appears on the bike itself (not from the documentation)
Section 32: Engine Number: enter the full engine number as it appears on the bike itself (not from the documentation)
Section 33: Cylinder Capacity: enter the cylinder capacity
On page two:
Section 49: Name and Address details: enter your name and address (leave DVLA Fleet No. blank)
Section 50: Date of Birth: enter your date of birth
Section 51: Type Approval: enter ‘exempt by age’
Section 55: Mileage: enter mileage recorded on speedo
Don’t forget to sign and date the form at the bottom of Page 2.
You will also need documents which link your Bantam’s Registration number to the frame number. An old style green or buff log book (RF60 or VE60), sales record or County council registration record (find the issuing authority here and a list of available records here) can be used as evidence to reclaim your original Registration number as long as it also contains the relevant Frame Number, thus providing the link (unfortunately, many do not). A pre 1983 MOT certificate and/or tax disc can help support a claim, but are insufficient evidence on their own as they do not reference the Frame Number. These Documents will be authenticated and copied by the Dating officer and then returned to you. You will also need to send rubbings and photographs of the frame and engine numbers and 2 photographs, 1 of each side of the complete bike, preferably showing the registration number in place.
On the Back of one of these photos there must be a statement written to the effect of
I have inspected this motorcycle on ________________date of inspection
Address where inspected_____________________________________________________________
I confirm that it is exactly as seen in this photograph
The Engine Number is _______________________
The Frame Number is ________________________
People eligible to sign it would be anyone that can countersign a passport such as a Member of Parliament, Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion, a professionally qualified person (e.g. doctor, engineer, lawyer, teacher), local councillor, bank officer, established civil servant, Police Officer or a paid up member of the BSA Bantam Club (perhaps your local Area Rep?).
When you have the application complete, send the required documents listed above to the Dating Officer (contact him for the address details) along with a covering letter (which should contain a contact telephone number in case of difficulties) explaining exactly what you require, include your Membership Number if applicable. If everything is in order the Dating Officer will issue a Dating Certificate, copy and authenticate the relevant documents (returning the originals to you) and forward the complete application pack to the DVLA.
The non-refundable fee*1 is £15 for BSA Bantam Club Members and £25 For Non-members. Cheque made payable to the BSA Bantam Club.
If you have any problems or questions, please send the Club Dating Officer a message from the Contacts Page.
Download this Page as a Reference Document
Click for more information on Applying for an age related Registration Number
*1 :- Due to costs that will have been incurred by the Club if, after investigation a certificate cannot be issued, the fee is non refundable. Please check with the Dating Officer that your Bantam is eligible to be issued a certificate before sending documents etc.