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Don’t forget to request your VE103 certificate before you travel!

Due to the ongoing conflict, we may not permit use of our vehicles in countries which border the Ukraine.  If you need to travel to any of the following countries, you should contact us at [email protected] prior to applying for your VE103 certificate: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary. 

If you intend to travel outside of the UK (which includes travel to the Republic of Ireland) using your Day’s Fleet lease or Flexi Hire vehicle, you will require a ‘Vehicle On Hire’ (VE103) certificate.   

All UK motorists travelling abroad in a vehicle must carry the original Vehicle Registration Document (V5C). If your vehicle is leased from Day’s Fleet, we will likely hold the V5C, meaning that you will instead need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103), which is the recognised alternative to the V5C document.

You must ensure that your employer and insurance company have authorised for the vehicle to be taken outside of the UK prior to requesting the VE103 Certificate. 

You should apply for your VE103 at least 10 – 14 working days before you travel; as we are unable to guarantee delivery timescales through Royal Mail we recommend you select ‘Special Delivery’ when you request the document. It is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and will cover you for all your foreign travel within that 12 month period. It also covers you whilst proceeding to, and returning from, the port of embarkation.

The address used for the VE103 must legally be the driver’s home address and must match the address on the driving licence.

Vehicles travelling outside the UK without a V5C or VE103 certificate are at risk of being seized and impounded. In such event, you would be liable for the costs of recovering the vehicle and repatriating it to the UK.

It’s important to make sure that you have all of the compulsory or recommended equipment required for the countries you intend to visit in your vehicle. Travel Packs can be purchased when requesting your VE103 certificate.  

If you are travelling to France you are required to display a Clean Air Sticker in your vehicle. You can obtain one of these by visiting and completing the form on this site.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the respective requirements of the countries which you will be travelling to and also by reading the following resources: 

GOV.UK – Driving Abroad

BVRLA – Taking a Vehicle Abroad

The consequences will vary according to the country, the law enforcement agency and even the time of day in which the vehicle was stopped. The driver may be fined, and the vehicle can be impounded. Without a VE103 certificate you are vulnerable to a potentially major inconvenience. Please note that the VE103 does not guarantee that the country you are visiting will allow you to cross the border in the vehicle.

All EU/EEA member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
As well as: Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Please contact us if you are travelling to Ukraine or a bordering country.

Yes. To cross the border to the Republic of Ireland in your hire/lease vehicle, you will need a VE103 certificate if the vehicle originates from/is registered in, Great Britain or Northern Ireland.