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DVLA service for Age Related requirements.

This is a VJMC UK service for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to meet their UK only Age Related Registration requirements. Use this for Imported and UK motorcycles that have lost their registrations, when no evidence of the original registration is available.

Download VJMC Dating Letter Application here: VJMC Age Related Dating Letter (MS Word)

The VJMC is authorised to:-

  • Issue Age related certificates for Japanese motorcycles to help obtain a UK registration. This includes Imported and UK motorcycles that have lost their registrations, when the original registration can’t be proved. 

The VJMC cannot:-

  • Date modern bikes post 1998 due to our limited archive records. 
  • Date Quads or Trikes. 
  • Find and locate bikes - The club does not have access to the DVLA database.
  • Comment on whether your bike is original or not.
  • Advise on how to fill in V55/5 forms or indeed fill them in. 
  • Return photographs and other copies. 
  • Get involved with any disputes with the DVLA.

Requirements for Age Related certificate:-

1. Proof of Frame, Engine Number and VIN plate (if fitted).

Clear photographs of the complete Stamped Frame and Engine numbers are required and, Vin plate if fitted or if this is not possible then an inspection may be required. If this is not provided then we will either issue a certificate explaining this or in certain cases refuse the application. Chalk or marker pen rubbed into the numbers can aid photography. If you can’t read the numbers then we can’t and they are not good enough.

2. Photographs of the complete bike from each side. 

Please send at least 1 photograph of each side of the complete bike, don’t chop off the wheels or other parts. The reason for this is so that we can ensure most parts consistent with the year of manufacture, if a machine has been altered with parts from different years or bikes, the DVLA might wish to class the bike as a special and issue a Q plate. Motorcycles may require inspection. The bike must be complete and in one piece, and lights etc fitted, otherwise the DVLA may issue a “Daylight” only registration. If sending original Documents by Royal Mail, then send them “Signed For” otherwise normal post is acceptable.

3. EnsureDating Letter Application has all the following information:

  • Bike Make, Model and CC. 
  • Brief history of bike. 
  • Your estimated Year of Manufacture. 
  • Frame and Engine numbers. 
  • Your Name and Address (including Post code). 
  • Email address and Phone numbers in case of problems. 
  • Club membership number (if requiring discount) 

4. The Fee

The cost for this service is £35, however for our club members we give a discount and the cost will be £25. Those wishing to become members of the VJMC may forward a single payment of £55 to cover certificate and joining the Club (see VJMC dating letter application for list of fees)

Please note that you must put sufficient postage on your application. If sending an A4 envelope for example, a first class stamp won't do, we then have to go to the post office a pay and additional £1.50, thank you.

Please note the Dating fee is non returnable when we have carried out research and produced a dating letter.

Cheques to be made payable to VJMC (UK) Ltd

You can also pay with PayPal. Please enter Make and Model.

Please do not enter N/A or similar, it must be valid make and model.

 Non Member £35  Member £25  Join for 1 year £55
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 You can also email forms and photographs to the relevant marque, email address below and pay fee electronically

Note: The validity of Dating letters expire after 12 months, so get your forms into the DVLA as soon as you can. It is best to apply for a registration before restoring the bike as we still need to see the frame number after it has been painted, so does the MOT tester. Only send the original dating letter to the DVLA, they won’t accept a photocopy. If a Dating letter is lost during the 12 months whilst it is still valid, and vehicle still meets the current DVLA requirements, then a £15 fee is payable for a re-print. In any other case it would require a new Dating application to be made.


If you need the Club to supply an V627 Inspection form for the DVLA this will also incur a £15 fee. Please only use the payment button when you have spoken to a dating agent.




Ray Davis – Honda        

VJMC Dating, PO Box 225, PRESCOT, L35 3WD.  


Mobile: 07913 340506   

Please restrict phone calls to Mon-Fri - 10am 6pm  


Richard Proudman -  Yamaha and Bridgestone Dating  


Mobile:   07779 144968  

Please restrict phone calls to Mon-Fri - 9am 8pm 



Stuart Glen - Kawasaki and Suzuki



Mobile:    07526 695572

Please restrict phone calls to Mon-Fri - 10am 6pm