Mobility scooter drivers have been in the news recently for breaking the law by not registering their scooters. However, not all scooters have to be registered. Here we will help you to understand if yours needs to be registered and how you can do it.
Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in two categories:
- “Class 2 invalid carriages” – These have a maximum speed of 4mph and can’t be used on the road (except where the pavement is blocked)
- “Class 3 invalid carriages” – These can be used on the road and have a maximum speed of 4mph off the road, and 8mph on the road.
If you are unsure which type of scooter or powered wheelchair you have, contact your manufacturer.
Scooters or powered wheelchairs which are class 2 do not need to be registered.
However, if you have a class 3 you must register this by law. Follow the steps below to register.
How to register a class 3 scooter or powered wheelchair
You don’t have to pay tax for your class 3 invalid carriage but you do have to register it. Here is how you do it:
- Find out if your scooter or powered wheelchair is new or used.
- If it’s a new vehicle, complete a V55/4 form. You can order one of these forms free of charge here: https://forms.dft.gov.uk/order-dvla-forms/
Select ‘V55/4 form’ at the end. Alternatively, you can get one of these forms from your local Post Office.
- If it’s a used vehicle, complete a V55/5 form. You can order one of these forms free of charge here: https://forms.dft.gov.uk/order-dvla-forms/
Select ‘V55/5 form’ at the end. Alternatively, you can get one of these forms from your local Post Office.
- There’s a handy guide of how to fill in a V55/4 form for new vehicles: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/v3554-application-for-first-vehicle-tax-and-registration-of-a-new-motor-vehicle-v554
- There’s also a handy guide of how to fill in a V55/5 form for used vehicles:
- Once your form is completed, send the form, along with evidence of the vehicle’s age (if this is available) and documents containing the keeper’s name and address, to:
If you need further information about this you can call the DVLA Contact Centre on 0300 790 6802.