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Machine Dating Service (UK owners only)

Machine Dating Service (UK Owners only)

The Jawa CZ Owners Club has information on machines made from 1929 to 2017. Although we cannot always precisely date machines, as JAWA CZ regarded engine/frame numbers as state secrets for the majority of its existence, we can provide a dating certificate acceptable to DVLA.

To obtain a dating certificate it is necessary to contact the club archivist via the club website in the first instance, or by using the postal address shown in the list of Club Officers found in Torque, the club magazine.

The issuing of a certificate cannot be done via email. Email can only be used for other MDS enquiries. In all cases, it is necessary to supply, in writing by post, the FULL engine and frame numbers including all prefixes or suffixes and other data from the headstock/VIN plate.

Good quality photographs are required. As a minimum you should have photos of both sides of the bike, the Engine Number, and the Frame Number. Photographs should be endorsed as correct and signed by the applicant. Details of old registration numbers, or if you have any original Bills of Sale or Service documents then this will make the job much easier. Also needed is some information as to what you think the bike is, and what year it may be made, if it is relevant. And the final finished colour scheme. Please remember to enclose a A4 SAE stamped large letter for the reply.

In fact, any dated information you can supply on your machine will make your case that much stronger. Please note that materials supplied will be retained for our records unless return requested and postage supplied. We are required by DVLA to keep records of all Machine Dating requests in case of disputes between DVLA and machine owners.

This is the DVLA Procedure to follow.

A)   If your vehicle does not have a registration number:-         

  •       Any foreign made bike imported with no UK registration will first need to be recorded with HMRC using a NOVA form. A Certificate of Conformity is not needed for older registrations, only for new imported machines.

  •       Fill in the relevant sections (you will have to write "manufactured in 19XX" in section 3, as there is no box to state age of vehicle) and post it to the address on the form. HMRC should take about 14 days to write back confirming it has been recorded and no duty or VAT is due. There is no charge for NOVA.

  •       Obtain proof of the year of manufacture of the vehicle from a club or organisation relevant to the make, model or type of vehicle. (Machine Dating Certificate).

  •       Arrange MOT Test Certificate and Insurance cover. This can be done using the frame number.

  •       Obtain Form V62 from a Post Office or download from the DVLA website. Complete the V62 application form and submit to DVLA with your Nova letter, Dating Certificate plus related information, Test Certificate, Insurance documents and appropriate licence fee.

  •       If the DVLA is satisfied with the application they will issue an appropriate age related registration number and licence the machine for road use. N.B. - Non-suffix numbers are issued non-transferable. The registration document should follow within six weeks.

CZ 600cc engine

Motorcycle frame

          B) If your vehicle has its original registration number:-

  • Use form V765 and forward to Owners Club as the authorising vehicle club to date and stamp form. The V765 will be returned so you can send it to DVLA to retain the existing number, unless it has been already reallocated. If this is the case you will be informed by DVLA and reapply as above at A).


Old style motorcycle number plate

All forms can be found on the DVLA website. The Club is on the DVLA list of approved clubs for validation of UK based machines so please contact us.

Although rare, should DVLA insist that the inspection of a machine by a Club Technical Expert be necessary to clarify its authentication, all expenses incurred will be charged accordingly to both club members and non-members alike. 

There is no charge for club members using requesting a Machine Dating Certificate but there is a fee of 35.00 for non members.

Please note that the final decision on the acceptance of all registration applications rests with the DVLA.

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