AMCA Europe Ltd provides a dating service for older Harley-
In the UK the vehicle identity and the registration papers go with the frame number. Reproduction frames are modern and will be registered as a modern bike or with Q registration plates. Do not ask AMCA Europe for dating certificates for machines with reproduction frames.
We expect to see machines presented with original frames appropriate to their year of manufacture and with unmolested engine numbers. If the engine is from a different year to the frame then the bike may be registered to the year of the frame and shown as having a replacement engine. Machines are easiest to register if in essentially stock condition, but it may still be possible to register bobbers to the year of the original frame. Choppers are considered to have frames sufficiently altered as to count as new machines.
The DVLA requires vehicle inspectors to be satisfied that the vehicle exists and that it carries the relevant numbers. It must be genuine and sufficiently assembled. It may be recently rebuilt, but must not be of modern manufacture.
From 1981 Harley-
From 2004 Harley-
Dating certificates are required under the DVLA V765 procedures available on the DVLA Website at www.gov.uk/vehicle-
To reclaim an original registration for the first category requires a completed Form 765; a V5 log book or a V55/5 application; an old style log book or pre-
For the second category, a dating certificate confirming the year of manufacture is required, which is then sent to the DVLA with the V55/5 request for first registration and the appropriate fee.
Vehicles built prior to 1974 are classed as Historic and do not pay Road Tax. When filling out the V55/5 form for such a vehicle, enter ‘Historic’ in the taxation class box. Vehicles built before 1960 are also exempted from the annual MOT technical inspection. You will need to state ‘Exempted by Age’ to the DVLA or fill out a Form V112.
Built Up Classics
The DVLA recognises machines built from original parts which may never have existed as original bikes. They are scored on a points system to make sure they are sufficiently original to be registered. They will always need an original frame and engine. This is a different department in the DVLA from historic vehicles, and a physical inspection of the machine is always required prior to the issuing of a dating certificate.
For historic Harleys, many WLA/WLC 750 cc military bikes were left in Britain after WW2, civilianised, and given UK registrations. If you can find the old paperwork, then reclaiming the original registration is the way to go. None of these bikes have frame numbers, and some have altered engine numbers or replacement blank crankcases. It may be possible to register them as built-
AMCA Europe Procedures.
When you are ready for a dating certificate, please contact us by E-
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