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What is a Certificate of Destruction

A Certificate of Destruction or CoD:

  • Marks your vehicle as scrapped on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF).
  • Ends your responsibility for your vehicle from the time of issue.
  • Can only be issued by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF, a permitted scrapyard).


What does a CoD look like?

There are two types of CoD:


A CoD issued electronically

The ATF enters the vehicle details onto an online system.

The registered owner will receive a printed CoD a couple of weeks later from the NVDF.




A CoD issued manually

Completed in triplicate with one copy provided to the person depositing the vehicle at the ATF.




Top Tips...

Proof of ownership is required (for example the vehicle log book and/or ID).

If you have more than three whole calendar months remaining on your tax disc you can claim a motor tax refund (Form RF120).

You should always get a CoD or the ownership transferred. Without this, you still have responsibility for the vehicle.

Electronic CoD



Manual CoD

Manual CoD