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DVLA service for Age Related requirements.

Download VJMC Dating Letter Application here: VJMC Dating Letter

The VJMC is authorised to:-

  • Issue Age related certificates for Japanese motorcycles to help obtain a UK registration. This includes Imported and UK motorcycles that have lost their registrations 

The VJMC cannot:-

  • Date modern bikes post 1992 due to our limited archive records. 
  • Date Quads or Trikes. 
  • Find and locate bikes - The club does not have access to the DVLA database. 
  • Get involved with any disputes with the DVLA. 

Requirements for Age Related certificate:-

1. Proof of Frame, Engine Number and VIN plate (if fitted).

Clear photographs of the complete numbers and plates are required or if this is not possible rubbings may be taken. If this is not provided then we will either issue a certificate explaining this or in certain cases refuse the application. Chalk rubbed into the numbers can aid photography.

2. Photographs of the complete bike from both sides.

Please send at least 2 Photographs of both sides of the bike. 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 in one piece, and lights etc fitted, otherwise the DVLA may issue a “Daylight” only registration.

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

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

4. The Fee

The cost for this service is £35, however for our club members we give a discount and the cost will be £25. Those wishing to become members of the VJMC may forward a single payment of £50 to cover certificate and joining the Club (see VJMC dating letter application for list of fees)

Cheques to be made payable to VJMC (UK) Ltd

You can also pay with PayPal. Please enter Make and Model.

Please note that the dating team will be taking holidays in May and June so please be prepared for a bit of a delay.

 Non Member £35  Member £25  Join for 1 year £50
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Note: The validity of Dating letters expire after about 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. 
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 £12 fee is payable for a re-print.

In any other case it would require a new Dating application to be made.


Ray Davis – HONDA   

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

Mobile: 07913 340506 

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


Richard Proudman - Yamaha and Bridgestone Dating  


Mobile:  07779 144 968

Please restrict phone calls to Mon-Fri - 9am 8pm


Stuart Glen - Kawasaki and Suzuki


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