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For Japanese Motorcycles 15 years plus








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Requirements for V765 to retain the bike's original UK registration number

Please note that this is a UK service only. DVLA cannot approve overseas motorcycles.

Important Note: The Dating letter supplied is in no way a guarantee of Authenticity of the vehicle and you should make your own investigations into the provenance of any Classic Motorcycle.

Please note before application:

The VJMC cannot:-  

  • Find and locate bikes or previous owners - The club does not have access to the DVLA database.  
  • We cannot enter into any debate or discussion as to whether your bike is genuine, original or not. 
  • Advise where your bike was first registered or by whom.  
  • Advise on how to fill in DVLA forms or indeed fill them in.   
  • Return Photographs, Documents and other paperwork.   
  • Get involved with any disputes between you and the DVLA regarding your application.


Download VJMC Dating Letter Application here: VJMC V765 Dating Letter

** Please do not convert the file to any other file type **

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, shown in one Photo. 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. If evidence can't be supplied then we reserve the right to refuse a Dating letter.  

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.

** Please send photos as image files - please don't embed in Word or PDF files **


3.       VJMC Dating Letter Application here: VJMC V765 Dating Letter or A4 size covering letter containing:-

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

4.       DVLA V55/5 form fully completed by the applicant.

The VJMC does not supply these forms; they are available from the DVLA website: Forms Ordering click link : DVLA Form Ordering

5.       V765 form, sections 1, 2 & 3 completed by the applicant.

The VJMC does not supply these forms; they are available to be downloaded here:DVLA V765

6.       Proof of entitlement to the registration.

Section 2 of the V765 form asks for evidence about your claim to the registration number, this can be some of the following:-

  • Original green or buff log book (RF60/VE60) 
  • Archive or library records showing the registration number and the chassis number authorised by the archivist, clearly defining where the material was taken from. 
  • Other pre 1983 documentary evidence linking the chassis and the registration number to the vehicle. 

NOTE:- The originals must be sent to the VJMC, Photocopies will only be accepted when countersigned and stamped by a V765 signatory, the VJMC will do this.

7.       The Fee

** Dating Letter applications will not be progressed until payment has been made **

The cost for this service is shown on the PayPal form below and the Dating Letter. Our club members receive a discount. Those wishing to become members of the VJMC may forward a single payment to cover certificate and joining the Club.

Cheques to be made payable to VJMC (UK) Ltd

You can pay with PayPal below. Please enter Make and Model. Please do not enter N/A or similar, it needs to be a valid make and model.

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. 
 Non Member £55  Member £45  Join for 1 year £75
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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 £20 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 £20 fee. Please only use the payment button when you have spoken to a dating agent.


Replacement Letter?

** Please email documents and images - please don't use cloud drives **

Ray Davis   

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


Mobile: 07913 340506 

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


Once the club has received and processed the V765 application, we will post (signed for) our recommendation for acceptance or refusal complete with all photographs and documents direct to the DVLA at Swansea.