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Do I need to register?

Do I need to register?

Most vehicles registered in Great Britain don't need to register. Non-GB registered vehicles that meet the required LEZ standards will need to register with us in advance.

GB registered vehicles

You will only need to register your vehicle with TfL if:

Non-GB registered vehicles (including Northern Ireland)

You will need to register your vehicle with TfL if:

  • Your vehicle meets the LEZ emissions standards
  • Your vehicle qualifies for an exemption or discount Read more about exemptions and discounts
  • Your vehicle is NI-registered, has a full filter and has been issued with a Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC)

What if I've already registered?

Lorries, buses and coaches

If you previously registered your vehicle with TfL as meeting Euro III standards for particulate matter, you'll need to ensure it meets the Euro IV standards and re-register.

If you've registered your vehicle as meeting Euro IV for PM then you don't need to re-register. This applies to both GB and non-GB vehicles.

Larger vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles

If you've registered with TfL that your vehicle meets Euro 3 for PM then you don't need to re-register.

Showman's vehicles

If you've registered with TfL then you don't need to re-register.

Cherished Transfers

You must notify the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) immediately when the registration mark of your vehicle has changed if it has a Reduced Pollution or Low Emission Certificate.

For Heavy Goods Vehicles over 3500kg gross vehicle weight you will need to submit a Notifiable Alteration Form, the appropriate fee along with the original Reduced Pollution or Low Emission Certificate. You can download the notifiable alteration form and guidance notes at Business Link.

For Light Goods Vehicles 3500kg gross vehicle weight and under, you will need to send a copy of the registration document displaying the new registration details along with the original Reduced Pollution or Low Emission Certificate to

RPC Section
VOSA
Ellipse
Padley Road
Swansea
SA1 8AN

There is no fee for the issue of a new certificate.

For Buses, Coaches or Minibuses you will need to submit a copy of the registration document displaying the new registration details along with the original Reduced Pollution or Low Emission Certificate and, if applicable, the original Certificate of Initial Fitness. All documents should be sent together to

RPC Section
VOSA
Ellipse
Padley Road
Swansea
SA1 8AN

There is no fee for the issue of new Reduced Pollution or Low Emission Certificates due to registration mark change.

How to register

Registering your vehicle is simple and completely free. It takes up to 10 working days, so be sure to allow enough time before driving within the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

Follow the steps below, which include links to downloadable LEZ vehicle registration forms and guidance notes. Alternatively, you can get copies of these by calling 0343 222 1111 (+44 (0) 20 7310 8998 from outside the UK).

If you have 50 or more vehicles that you wish to register, please call us first so we can discuss the best way to manage this process and how long it will take to complete the registration process.

Registration process

Step 1

If you have a GB registered vehicle and are unsure how your vehicle is affected, firstly, go to our vehicle checker

Step 2

Read the guidance notes (PDF 233KB) for detailed information on who needs to register and how to complete the registration form.

Step 3

Complete an LEZ Vehicle Registration Form (PDF 670KB), and make photocopies of the relevant vehicle registration documents.

You'll also need to provide additional documentary or photographic evidence as outlined in the guidance notes for your application type.

You'll need to complete a separate form for each vehicle.

Step 4

You can either email or post us your documents.

Email - send your scanned vehicle registration form and evidence to lezlondon@tfl.gov.uk Acceptable file formats are .DOC, .XLS, .GIF, .JPEG, .PNG, .PDF, .JPG.

Post - send your documents to Low Emission Zone, PO Box 4784, Worthing BN11 9PU

Step 5

You'll receive an email or letter from us confirming if your application has been successful. Until you receive this, you should continue to pay the daily charge if you're driving within the LEZ, otherwise you may be liable for a Penalty Charge.

We classify vehicles based on their body type, gross vehicle weight, unladen weight, number of seats and fuel type. Please check your vehicle registration document (V5C) to check these details are correct. If any information is incorrect, you need to contact the DVLA to get the details amended.

Some data, like unladen weight, are set by the vehicle manufacturer when the vehicle was originally designed and certified, and can't be changed.

On receipt of a revised V5C from the DVLA, please complete an online check to confirm your vehicle's classification.

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