We’ve all heard the age-old common excuses of ‘the dog ate my homework’, ‘I can’t get out because of the snow’ and ‘I’ve got one of those 24-hour bugs’’, but when it comes to ordering a replacement V5C document, UK citizens have been pulling out some particularly unique excuses. 

The V5C, sometimes referred to as a Vehicle Log Book, is the document that states the current and previous registered owners of each individual vehicle. 

Do you know where your V5C is?

Sorry if that question sends you into panic (I’m pretty sure I know where mine is)…

But, don’t worry too much as it is possible to order a replacement V5C online and have a brand new copy sent out to you within five working days.


With that in mind, let’s dive into some of the strangest excuses for ordering a replacement V5C Vehicle Logbook, as reported by the DVLA

1. “My parrot destroyed it…”


First on the list of unusual reasons to order a replacement V5C log book is the 2021 edition of ‘the dog ate my homework’. 

“My parrot destroyed it…”

This one sounds fairly self explanatory, but we have a few questions…

“What has the V5C done to upset your parrot?”

“How big was the mess?”

“Why does the parrot have access to your filing cabinet?”

2. “I left it at a hotel in the Gobi Desert when driving across Asia during my gap year.”


Of all the places to leave something…

It’s not quite forgetting that you haven’t picked up your face mask before nipping out to the shops.

If there’s one place you don’t want to have to drive back to in order to collect something you’ve forgotten – it’s the middle of the desert, thousands of miles from home.

It’s a good job the DVLA’s new online system will have a replacement with you in five working days!

3. “Someone bought me a car for my birthday – they wrapped the keys in the V5C and I tore it open without knowing.”

An understandable mistake to make for the person receiving the gift. 

However we’d like to know the thought process of the individual utilising the V5C log book as wrapping paper. 

We can’t imagine you’d get many Estate Agents presenting you your new house keys by wrapping them in the deeds to the house…

4. “I wasn’t concentrating and shredded it”

Of all the bizarre reasons we’ve seen requiring a replacement V5C log book, this is perhaps the one that most of us will be able to understand.

We’ve all been asked to provide a recent utility bill only to be met with the memory of pushing it through the shredder the week before.

5.  “My child covered their school book with it.”


We’re not quite sure how this one is allowed to happen, but we can’t help but think that it does boost the visual appeal of the standard school book!

You can be sure the teacher will know exactly which is their book. 

Parents, ensure this doesn’t happen to you by asking your child to get sign-off on the  materials to be used in covering their school books. 

How to order a new or replacement V5C vehicle logbook

Now that we’ve seen some of the strangest excuses for requiring a replacement V5C vehicle log book, it will be reassuring to know that the process for getting your new one out to you is nice and straightforward.

Ordering your replacement V5C online is the quickest way to have your new copy sent out to you. 

When ordering online you can expect your replacement to be with you within 5 working days of ordering, however if you order a replacement by post, you can expect to wait up to 6 weeks for the new one to arrive. 

Order a replacement V5C Vehicle Logbook > 

The service to order a replacement V5C was launched by the DVLA in September 2020 and since launch the service has been used more than 300,000 times (around 5,800 times per week).

How much does a replacement V5C cost? 

A replacement V5C will cost you £25, regardless of whether you order it online or by post. 

But don’t forget, it’s much quicker to order a replacement online. 

The DVLA’s online services are the quickest, easiest and often cheapest way to deal with the DVLA. Motorists can use DVLA’s online services to let DVLA know when they sell or buy a vehicle, change the address on their driving licence or to renew their driving licence.