What is a VE103B and do I need one to take my lease car abroad?

What is a VE103B?


Since our blog post on “taking your lease car abroad” – We’ve had quite a few enquiries on what a VE103B is and if its required to take their lease car abroad.

So we’ve written this article to answer a few questions on what a VE103B is and if you need to get one.

What is a VE103B?

It is a legal requirement that any car or van travelling in mainland Europe must carry the registration document, this is also known as the V5C.

On many lease cars, car subscriptions and short-term car leases, the legal owner will be the finance company or the supplier and they will be reluctant to send out the original V5C document.

In its place, the lease provider will supply you with a VE103B – Vehicle on Hire Certificate. This states details on the vehicle, its legal owner and the drivers who have permission to use the vehicle.

How do I order a VE103B?

Depending who your leasing provider is, the VE103B can be ordered via the customer service telephone line provided by the leasing company.

If its a Cocoon Vehicles supplied vehicle, we have a simple VE103B online form that you can complete and we will arrange for the documentation to be sent across.

What happens if I get stopped without a VE103B?

If you get stopped, whilst travelling abroad and you do not hold a VE103B then depending on the country and their law enforcement you may face a fine or even worse, the vehicle could be impounded.

Without the on-hire certificate the costs could spiral with costs relating to storage fee’s, recovery fee’s and personal fines.

Which countries require an on-hire certificate?

Here is a list of countries that currently require you to have a valed VE103B on-hire certificate:

EU Countries/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
– Sweden

Other countries that require a VE103B:
– Albania
– Andorra
– Belarus
– Bosnia and Herzegovina
– Gibraltar
– Guernsey
– Isle of Man
– Jersey
– Macedonia
– Moldova
– Montenegro
– Norway
– Russian Federation
– Serbia
– Switzerland
– Turkey
– Ukraine

Can I take a photocopy or fax copy of the VE103B?

No, it’s not acceptable to take a photocopy or a fax version of the VE103B. The original document must be carried with you at all times.

If you don’t carry the original VE103B, then the car may be impounded or you could receive a large fine.

How much does a VE103B cost?

Costs vary depending on your leasing company when it comes to issuing you with a VE103B.

Give your leasing provider a call to find out the costs involved.

More Information

If you need more information on obtaining a VE103B from Cocoon Vehicles, please call the team on 01332 290173 or complete the ONLINE FORM below.

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