Applying for an Age Related Number

If you haven’t got any documents linking the frame number to the Registration number or you have no Registration number, then the BSA Bantam Club can help you get an age related plate.

The Bantam must be complete, genuine and roadworthy. The Club must be able to identify the actual or estimated date of manufacture. You may need a valid Insurance Certificate*1. If the date of manufacture was more than 40 years ago you do not need an MOT but you will need an MOT exemption form V112 (available from the Post Office or downloaded from here) and form V55/5 (available from the Post Office or downloaded from here), the forms can also be ordered from DVLA by phone 0300 700 6802. The MOT and Insurance can be issued based on the frame number.

CHECKLIST of items to send to The Dating Officer

  • Partially completed V55/5
  • 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 (check with Dating Officer).

The non-refundable fee*2 is £15 for BSA Bantam Club Members and £25 for Non-members by Cheque made payable to (check with Dating Officer).

If everything is in order then the Dating Officer will produce a Dating certificate and return your original documents and the Dating Certificate back to you. You then send the necessary completed documents to the DVLA.

You need to fill in the form V55/5, which must be ordered from DVLA either by phone 0300 700 6802 or at When complete, send to the Dating Officer along with the rest of the required documents listed above.

When filling in the V55/5 form only fill in the following sections, leave the rest blank,

On page one:

Section 2: Tax class: enter ‘Historic’

Section 3: Taxation period: (usually 12 months for historic vehicles)

Section 4: Registration Fee: enter £55 and Tax payable: leave blank

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: leave blank until you have your dating certificate

Section 30: date from which tax is to run. Leave this empty as DVLA will decide depending on when the paperwork is processed

Section 31: Type of Fuel: enter ‘Petrol’

Section 32: VIN/Chassis/Frame No: enter the complete frame number as it appears on the bike itself

Section 33: Engine Number: enter the full engine number as it appears on the bike itself

Section 34: Cylinder Capacity: enter the cylinder capacity

On page two:

Section 62: Name and Address details: enter your name and address (leave DVLA Fleet No. blank)

Section 63: Date of Birth: enter your date of birth

Section 64: Type Approval: enter ‘exempt by age’

Section 65: Mileage: enter mileage recorded on speedo

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.

On the Back of one of these bike 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 ________________________






Telephone Number_________________________

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?).

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 and send it to you along with your original documentation.


When you receive your Dating Certificate and documents you will need to complete the final details on the V55/5 form.

Section 27: Year of Manufacture: enter year matching your dating certificate

Don’t forget to sign and date the form at the bottom of Page 2.

You now need to assemble the application pack documents and send it to DVLA

CHECKLIST of items to send to the DVLA

  • Completed V55/5
  • Rubbings of Engine and Frame numbers
  • Photos of Engine and Frame numbers
  • 2 photos of the complete bike (one with signed declaration)
  • Dating certificate supplied by the Dating Officer
  • ID Document as described here
  • Address confirmation Document as described here
  • Insurance Certificate*1 based on Frame Number
  • MOT Exemption V112
  • Cheque written out to DVLA Swansea for £55

Send the application to.
K and R
SA99 1ZZ

If you require it, the phone number for the DVLA is 0300 790 6802

If you have any problems or questions, please send the Club Machine Dating Officer a message from the Contacts Page.

Download this Page as a Reference Document

Click for more information on Re-claiming the original Registration Number

*1 :-Recent information received suggests it may not be necessary to include an Insurance Certificate (except Northern Ireland) with the Application but, if successfully registered you may also receive notification that the bike has been issued with a Road Fund Licence. This is not valid without Insurance, consequently you will need to either insure the bike or SORN it immediately.

*2 :- Due to costs that will have been incurred, 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.