Vehicle licence/registration fraud

Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994, s.44
Effective from: 04 August 2008

Triable either way:

Maximum when tried summarily: Level 5 fine

Maximum when tried on indictment: 2 years

User guide for this offence


Offence seriousness (culpability and harm)

A. Identify the appropriate starting point

Starting points based on first time offender pleading not guilty

Examples of nature of activity Starting point Range
Use of unaltered licence from another vehicle Band B fine Band B fine
Forged licence bought for own use, or forged/ altered for own use Band C fine Band C fine
Use of number plates from another vehicle; or Licence/number plates forged or altered for sale to another High level community order (in Crown Court)

Medium level community order to Crown Court

Note: community order and custody available only in Crown Court

Band ranges
Starting point Range
Fine Band A  50% of relevant weekly income  25 – 75% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band B  100% of relevant weekly income  75 – 125% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band C  150% of relevant weekly income 125 – 175% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band D  250% of relevant weekly income 200 – 300% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band E 400% of relevant weekly income 300 – 500% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band F  600% of relevant weekly income  500 – 700% of relevant weekly income