DVLA Guidelines for Converting a Van into a Camper

For every campervan where Jerba Campervans supply the brand new van, your DVLA ownership document (V5C/log book) will be completed correctly for you by us, however, if you have supplied us with your own van for a conversion then it is your responsibility, as the owner of the vehicle, to notify the DVLA that it has been converted from a van into a camper

It’s a legal requirement that all UK registered vehicles are classified correctly on their V5C form. When converting a van into a camper the DVLA will reclassify the campervan conversion into the “motor caravan” category.

The DVLA use the following criteria to judge whether a campervan conversion meets their requirements to be reclassified as a motor caravan;

  • A door that provides access to the living accommodation
  • A bed, which has a minimum length of 1800mm or 6 feet. This can be converted from seats used for other purposes during the day but must be permanently fixed within the body of the vehicle
  • A water storage tank or container on, or in, the vehicle
  • A seating and dining area, permanently attached to the vehicle. The table may be detachable but must have some permanent means of attachment to the vehicle. It is not good enough to have a loose table
  • A permanently fixed means of storage, a cupboard, locker or wardrobe
  • A permanently fixed cooking facility within the vehicle, powered by gas or electricity
  • At least one window on the side of the accommodation

Once you have your completed campervan conversion back in your possession all you need to do is to send your V5C form to the DVLA (retain part 10) and include a covering letter explaining the conversion work that has been undertaken and that you would like the Body Type of the van to have a vehicle classification change to be reclassified as a Motor Caravan.

Include around 10 photos showing all the parts of the camper conversion that meet the above list of requirements – it’s important to ensure that you include at least one photo that shows the DVLA the vehicle number plate.

Once you have your new V5C form back then we would recommend that you then contact your insurer to check whether they require any written confirmation.

If the DVLA have any queries regarding the vehicle classification change then they will contact you directly, but if you don’t hear from them then expect a new revised V5C form to arrive in the post in 3 or 4 weeks’ time.

The DVLA have a full pdf document about the process – click here to see a copy of it.