Registering a campervan Conversion with the DVLA

Campervan Conversion from Wildworx in Redditch


There’s a growing trend right now in the UK for people having a go converting a panel van into a campervan.  There are quite a few reasons for this. People enjoy a spontaneous weekend break especially with young children who perhaps prefer this to holidays abroad. Perhaps the increasing costs that come with living in a house may sway a person to convert their own? It seems to be often more cost effective than buying brand spanking new one. As a result of the above the DVLA has changed the rules on what requirements need to be met in order to declare your panel van camper conversions into a motorhome on the vehicle log book. Quite a few people have had their motorhome conversion rejected by the DVLA. New rules and guidance have now been released by the DVLA which we will go through in detail in this blog.


Why Do We Need To Reclassify?

Body information of a vehicle V5C is there to help police and enforcement officers easily identify a vehicle. The information that is recorded on a V5C needs to be accurate and up-to-date to describe what the body of the vehicle looks like at all times. There shouldn’t be any effect on the speed limits or insurance category.

You can also use the vehicle for motor caravanning purposes if the body type has not been yet changed, the body type on the V5C is only used for establishing the vehicle appearance and identification as explained above. All of this is dependant on if you are positive that the vehicle meets the required features for motor caravans.


What Do I Need to Change The Vehicle Into a Motor Caravan or a Campervan 

You have to meet 3 specific  requirements from the DVLA to get your vehicle reclassified.

  • The body type on your V5C need to be one from this page.

  • You should be able prove you meet these permanent external features.

  • You must also be able to show the vehicle matches the internal features.

You can save yourself the time of being rejected by the DLVA by completing the checklist they have released here.

Meeting DVLA Requirements

Please read in full the DLVA website before you start converting any Campers or Motorhomes, you need to be sure you meet all of their requirements or run the risk of having the application rejected. You now need to have the below features listed:


  • Motor caravan-style graphics on both sides of the vehicle;

  • An awning bar attached to either side of the vehicle;

  • A high-top roof (this does not include a pop-top elevating roof)


  • Seats and table;

  • Sleeping accommodation;

  • Cooking facilities;

  • Storage facilities.


All of the above excluding a table must be securely fixed to the living compartment of the vehicle in question.

Here’s a list of requirements. So long as you follow the DVLA’s advice on converting then you should have no problems in re-registering your vehicle and finish up with your own bespoke Camper completely legal and registered! Need help? Just get in touch and we can give you advice to guide you through this process.