Vehicle Registration / Vehicle Ownership ( 2.5.8.L1 )
(formerly Motor Traffic Department)
Driver and Vehicle Standards Department
1. Conducts driving tests and vehicle inspections. Vehicle inspections are usually at the request of the police.
Clients having problems with secondhand cars cannot take their vehicles to be tested.
If a client suspects that they have been sold a dangerous vehicle, s/he should contact the police for advice.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Department
Monday to Friday 9.15am to 4.15pm
Vehicle Registrations Office
2. Registrations are undertaken within the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department, address as above.
For more information see
Problems with car registration - Transfer of ownership
3. Upon sale or transfer of a vehicle, the vendor, or previous keeper, must
complete her/his part of the registration document and pass the document
to the purchaser, or new keeper, for similar completion and return to the
registrations office at the DVS Department.
The change of ownership documents must be received by the Department no
later than seven days after the vehicle changes ownership.
4. If the previous keeper or vendor believes that the new keeper or purchaser
may not return the document to the DVS Department s/he should notify the Department.
This is in her/his interest, because any traffic offences or parking infractions
caused by the driver of the car would be her/his responsibility.
The Department will contact the other party to find out why the vehicle has not been re-registered.
The registration document is the property of the Home Affairs Department and
it is unlawful for anyone to refuse to return the document to the DVS Department.
5. The person named in the registration documents is known as the
registered keeper of the vehicle.
The person named in the registration documents of a vehicle
is not necessarily the owner of the vehicle, because of this the registration
document is not proof of ownership.
If a car is bought on hire purchase, the owner of the vehicle is the
finance company until the final payment has been made,
however, the car is usually registered in the name of the purchaser.
It is also possible for a person to buy a car and have it registered in the name of third person,
eg husband buys a car but has it registered in name of his wife, his wife does not necessarily own the car.
Change of owner's name or address
6. Clients changing their name or address must notify the Vehicle Registrations office
within seven days of the change on form VDR 1. Failure to notify the Department
is an offence and the fine is likely to be high
- maximum fine is £500.
Change of vehicle particulars
7. Any changes to a vehicle's particulars should be notified to the registration
office within seven days of the changes to the particulars.
These might include a change of colour.
Notification of vehicle being permanently exported or scrapped
8. Document VRD 1 must be received at the registrations office within seven
days of the scrapping or export of the vehicle.
Importation of vehicle by person moving to Jersey
9. People taking up permanent residence in Jersey must register their vehicles with Jersey plates within
seven days of arrival in Jersey. Temporary residents may use an imported car with UK, Guernsey or foreign
plates for up to one year, they must carry their Certificate of Insurance with them as this is now a legal requirement.
10. The DVS Department come under the responsibility of the Minister for Transport and Technical Services.
DVS Fees and Charges
11. See www.gov.je/Travel/Motoring/ for more information.
Searching the Register
12. If a vehicle is illegally parked on private land it is possible to obtain details of the registered owner by writing to the DVS Department setting out the time and date of the offence and the registration number, make and model of the vehicle, the address of where the abandoned vehicle has been parked and detail the steps taken so far to locate the owner, photographic evidence of the offending vehicle should also be included.
The applicant must provide a recent utility bill to prove that they are the owner/tenant of the land where the vehicle is parked.
If the information obtained is to be stored on a computer the applicant must be registered under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law, 2005. The search fee is £7.60 per vehicle.