The fastest way to a Certificate of Conformity (COC)
The benefit of COC Services
At COC Services you can apply online for a certificate of conformity for passenger cars (vehicle classification M1), light commercial vehicles (vehicle classification N1) and motorcycles (vehicle classification L) and it only takes 5 minutes.
All you need for the importation of a car inside the European Union is the vehicle identification number and the registration certificate. COC Services takes care of the rest.
When is applying for a COC recommended?
What determines the VAT? How does it work?
To measure the CO2 emissions of new vehicles, since September 1, 2017, the WLTP method. The WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) replaces the outdated NEDC method. Through new tests, the WLTP measurement method provides a more realistic overview of actual CO2 emissions and views on whether changes are therefore required to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and company car tax Unfortunately, higher WLTP values often lead to higher VAT charges for consumers.
How are CO2 emissions calculated for imported cars (WLTP or NEDC)?
When importing a used car from before July 1, 2020 (date of first registration in another EU or EFTA country), you can choose either WLTP or NEDC as your emission value. As off 2018. the WLTP is the primary emission value in the UK. Usually the NEDC measurement is more favourable. It applies for all passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles. It was introduced by the European Union in 1992 in order to provide comparable values for fuel consumption According to the WLTP measurement method, an inspection is mandatory for newly imported cars without a valid registration (new cars or vehicles without first registration in the UK).
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Frequently asked questions about applying for a COC
What should you do if applying for a COC yourself is not succesful?
The specialists at COC Services will be happy to help you get back on track quickly when you need advice about your order. If you have any questions, please contact us at through the use of chat or email. One of our staff members will then contact you as soon as possible to answer your questions personally.
Will a certificate of compliance be issued in your name?
A certificate of conformity belongs to a vehicle and not to a person. Therefore, the document does not appear in the name of the applicant. When a vehicle is sold, a COC (if available) should be transferred to the new owner. If the COC is missing, requesting a new one is done quickly and easily. arrange it yourself online.
For which car brands can a COC be requested?
Alpha, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Citroën , Dacia , Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lancia, Landrover, Lexus, Mercedes, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, Seat, Škoda, Smart, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo
When is applying for a COC not possible?
A COC application will not be successful if the imported vehicle originates from a non-European country (for example, the Japanese, Chinese or American markets). Vehicles produced and/or registered before 1996 do not have a COC or EEC certificate. Furthermore, applying for a COC is not possible if the vehicle does not have a UNECE Type Approval Number. A vehicle also need to have a copy of the V5C certificate and comission notice letter usually offered by the DVLA
How can you check the UNECE Type Approval Numbe of a vehicle?
The Type Approval Number is listed on a sticker or nameplate in the driver’s side door of most vehicles. The number always begins with the letter ‘e’ followed by a fixed numeric country code. Type approval numbers consist of specific codes, each representing a guideline or inspection requirement. The sections are separated by an asterix (*).
Why does my vehicle not have a Type Approval Number?
Before a car is allowed on the road in the UK, the manufacturer must demonstrate compliance with all the relevant legislations. Various tests must also be successfully passed. A vehicle without a Vehicle Type Approval Number does not meet include a COP, then it will not be approved. Without UK Type Approval, a vehicle cannot and should not be introduced to the UK.
How much does a certificate of compliance cost?
The costs for applying for a certificate of conformity at COC Services range from £64 and £84 in the UK (excl. VAT). The exact price depends on, among other things:
- the car’s country of origin (first admission/registration)
- Age of the vehicle (counting from first admission/registration)
100% secure ordering & payment via COC Services
COC Services is committed to your privacy and online security. Therefore, all of your personal documents and data are always encrypted and secured immediately. In addition, you can use various secure payment options in our webshop (PayPal, MasterCard, American Express, Visa and iDeal).
COC Services has direct communication with all involved agencies and manufacturers. Therefore, in most cases, COC Services can provide a COC within 7 days. This is up to 30% faster than if you arrange this yourself through a representative of the car manufacturer or through a dealer. Depending on the brand and vehicle type (M1, N1, L), the delivery time is between 5 and 21 working days.
When you request a CVO in our webshop, you will always receive an original COC issued by (a representative of) the vehicle manufacturer. The issued COC may indicate that it is a “copy” or “duplicate” of the original document (1st edition). All of our COC certificates come with unique authenticity features, including:
- signature or manufacturer’s stamp
- signature or stamp of competent authority
In a case of theft or loss, a copy or duplicate of the original COC may be requested. When applying, the required documents (VIN and copy of the registration certificate) must be resubmitted.
The certificate of conformity is a European certificate of conformity. This means that the certificate is valid in all EU member states and EFTA countries (European Free Trade Association, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). The approval of vehicles may only be done in these countries by official approval authorities.
On this page we explain where the vehicle identification number can be found: Where do I find the vehicle identification number?