DVLA – Converting your V5 to Motor Caravan – Update October 21st 2019

DVLA – Converting your V5 to Motor Caravan – Update October 21st 2019 150 150 Lee Baker


It’s been a frustrating few months, the DVLA changed the goalposts, but decided not to tell anyone where they had moved them!

An update released today (October 21st 2019) details:

Requirements for changing body type to motor caravan

DVLA will only consider changing the body type to motor caravan (motorhome) if the vehicle meets the following three requirements:

  1. The body type shown on your V5C registration certificate (log book) is one of those shown in this list
  • ambulance
  • box van
  • goods
  • insulated van
  • light goods
  • light van
  • livestock carrier
  • Luton van
  • minibus
  • MPV (multi-purpose vehicle)
  • panel van
  • specially fitted van
  • special mobile unit
  • van with side windows

If it’s not on the list – don’t apply it will be refused.

  1. Motor caravan external permanent features
  • 2 or more windows on at least one side of the main body (this does not include windows on the driver or passenger doors) to provide a reasonable amount of daylight into the living accommodation
  • a separate door which provides access to the living accommodation of the vehicle (this excludes the driver and passenger doors); a window on this door counts as a separate window on the main body
  • 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)
  1. Motor caravan internal features
  • seats and a table
  • sleeping accommodation which may be converted from the seats
  • cooking facilities
  • storage facilities


View the full page from the DVLA here.

DVLA Guidance Page

New V1006 Form – Motor Caravan Conversion Checklist (PDF)


I draw specifically attention to the phrase at the end of section 2 – THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE A POP-TOP ELEVATING ROOF – so expect to see more rumblings about this as it looks like you can only make the change if you have a fixed high top.

Elevating roofs and standard height vans need not apply!

Is this the end of the subject? I can’t see how it can be…

Maybe a “Campervan” classification is on its way (as opposed to “MotorHome” ) for vehicles with elevating roofs?

What do you think will happen next?




  • Ted Stacey

    Hi Mark Conversions, nice to see im not alone in my frustration trying to register my van conversion (renault master 3300 dci mwb) as a motor caravan with the DVLA. I am not a newcomer to building a motorhome having built 2 in the past for my own personal use. I have tried to register twice now and been rejected on both occasions ( i had no trouble on the first 2 times) I have spent most of my working life as a a mechanical engineer both on the “workshop floor” and as a manager, I am therefore not without the skills to build a quality motorhome. My latest conversion is almost identical to a Swift Select 122 all be it a Renault and not a fiat. My vehicle also has a higher spec than the standard 122 and far exceeds the requirements on the v1006. Sorry for that, rant over. I believe the way ahead is to play the DVLA at its own game, their guidance notes are flawed and need to be challenged. Their assessment team is ignorant and rude(in my experience) they can only hide behind paragraphs of their flawed notes. I have no doubt that this will not be easy but the current system is not fit for purpose and is designed to benefit the major manufacurers and deter self builders and small convertion companies such as yourself. This can be done if there are enough like minded people to mount a significant challenge to the DVLA. They have been successfully challenged in the past and can be again. I would value your comments. Kind regards, Ted Stacey ( tedstacey51@btinternet.com ) mob. 07585617798

    • Lee Baker

      Hi Ted,
      It is frustrating how awkward they are being over it. Smaller vans need not apply at all! We ensure our customers are aware of the requirements for vans that will qualify. Insurance companies have adapted to these changes and although frustrating, at the end of the day it should not stop the enjoyment and freedom you get from your van. From what I read they have backed down on the taxation changes for new build vans, but that was financially motivated. At this point in time, we have no plans to get involved with challenging the DVLA ourselves but would support sensible campaigns to address the situation. Stay safe in these unprecidented times!

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