We would like to remind all leasing customers of their obligation to carry a VE103B certificate when taking vehicles abroad, contact the team at Balgores Leasing now to obtain yours ahead of travel.


With the summer holiday season starting, the DVLA has again highlighted the legal requirement for all drivers to carry their V5C logbook when driving abroad, providing a timely reminder to drivers of leased or hired vehicles that they will require a 'vehicle on hire certificate' (VE103) from their rental or leasing provider. This enables the authorities to verify that the person driving the vehicle has permission to do so and drivers travelling in mainland Europe must carry their document at all times.

  • The VE103B certificate is the only acceptable substitute for the V5C, it contains details of the vehicle taken from the log book, along with the name and address of the hirer
  • Photocopies of the V5C or letters of authority are not accepted.
  • Drivers caught without the correct documentation can face long delays which can be time consuming and costly. The consequences will vary according to the country, but a driver may be fined, and the vehicle could be impounded.

Please contact Balgores Leasing at least 2 weeks ahead of travelling to ensure we are able to obtain the certificate in a timely manner. For those travelling within the next 14 days it is important that you call us as soon as possible on 01708 384 451.

BVRLA’s Director of Member Services, Nora Leggett says:

"We ask that drivers who lease or rent their car notify their rental or leasing company now before the summer holiday peak so that the VE103 certificate can be processed and sent in plenty of time to avoid the prospect of stiff financial penalties, delay and upset to holiday plans... And we aren’t just talking about company cars; there are a significant number of commercial vehicles that leave the UK without a VE103 too. It is essential that businesses understand their responsibilities and educate drivers to avoid significant disruption.”

Source: BVRLA News Story (2 July 2018)