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The Jag-lovers Authorised Guide to Obtaining a Production Record Trace Certificate
With willing help from Jaguar Cars Ltd, here's the Jag-lovers guide on how to obtain an official JDHT Production Record Trace Certificate (or as it is usually known,
the 'Heritage Certificate') for your cherished Jaguar or Daimler.
Note that the vehicle has to be over 10 years old to qualify.
Please follow these
instructions carefully rather than using any older (and possibly inaccurate) versions you may have come across on other sites! Note that there are two
different forms - one is for North America only.
Please note that Jag-lovers provides this information purely to assist you.
We cannot answer additional questions on certificates or be responsible for any problems with obtaining a certificate, non-delivery etc.
[Updated November 2003]
The New JDHT Certificate - select to view a larger version
Thanks to Anders Clausager, Chief Archivist - Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (UK) and the late Karen Miller (USA) for the help in getting this page updated. Queries on page content only to Tony
JAGUAR DAIMLER HERITAGE TRUST
Jaguar Cars, Browns Lane, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9DR, England
Direct telephone line: +44 (0) 24 7620 2141
Direct fax line: +44 (0) 24 7640 5581
E-mail Julia Simpson
Jaguar's historic production record data are on an ongoing basis being transferred to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (the JDHT) which, as part of their
agreement with Jaguar Cars has the exclusive right to supply historic information on Jaguar and Daimler vehicles which are more than TEN years old. The
JDHT do not supply data on more recent vehicles.
The JDHT is a registered charity. By contributing to the work of the JDHT, you will help to preserve the heritage of Jaguar Cars, the company and its products.
There is therefore a charge of £30.00 (world wide, including for club members. Postage (and VAT where applicable in the EEC) are included in this
fee for the supply of vehicle information, on the basis of pre-paid enquiries only. Receipts for payments will be issued on request.
The JDHT draw your attention to the following important points:
Complete information is available on most Jaguar and SS cars, and some Swallow-bodied cars, but only on Daimlers from ca. 1960 onwards.
(There is limited information on some earlier Daimlers ca. 1945-1960.)
We only confirm the accuracy of numbers supplied by enquirers. If numbers are not available, we regret that they can not be supplied or confirmed by
ourselves. We do not accept any responsibility if incorrect numbers are quoted by enquirers and this leads to incorrect information being supplied by us
Please supply proof of ownership with your enquiry. This may be a photocopy of the registration document or log book, title document or other reasonable proof of ownership
We always reserve the right not to disclose information or complete details of a vehicle. A refund of any payment will be made if we decide not to issue documentation
Worldwide (except North America)
Owners across the world can obtain a certificate by using the Production Record Trace Application form (link below). Please complete this and return to the JDHT at Coventry.
You can print it out and post or fax it to them, or you can e-mail it back as an attachment. However, please don't send credit card details by open e-mail!).
Please allow 28 days for the return of the certificate. Please note that the JDHT do not send certificates out by e-mail. See below for applications direct to Jaguar USA.
[Owners in the US, use the forms downloadable below! Do not use the form above which is only to be sent to the UK]
Click on the picture link below to download the USA form
Mike offers the following advice to applicants from Jag-lovers:
Dear Jaguar Owner:
Thank you for inquiring about a Jaguar Heritage Certificate. The Jaguar North American Archives, based at Jaguar North American headquarters, issues certificates with build data from the original factory records. This service is available to all Jaguar owners for vehicles at least five years old. Information is available on SS and SS Jaguar cars from 1931 and all Jaguar cars. Partial records are available on Swallow and Daimler cars. Please note that we do not have information on any car beyond what is on the factory records.
The enclosed form must be completed by the owner and returned to us with payment and proof of ownership in the applicant's name. Proof can be a copy of the title, vehicle registration or a notarized bill of sale. Only one proof is needed. We must have proof of ownership before doing the research and we can only issue a certificate in the name of the actual owner.
Requests for vehicle information are handled in the order received. It will take 2-3 weeks to process your request after we receive the completed form. A preliminary report will be sent to you that we will ask you to verify before we print the final certificate. Certificates are attractive, 9x12" color documents suitable for framing.
The charge is $50 US per vehicle inquiry by check or money order (no credit cards) to Jaguar Cars. Members of the Jaguar Clubs of North America pay $35. These fees are used to support the full range of Archives research services. Please read the form and make sure it is completed before sending it.
Michael L. Cook
We encourage clients to download and use our form for North America.
The form incorporates all instructions for obtaining research, and if read before applying, can save time, mistakes and disappointment.
We are readily accessible by telephone (201-818-8144 24 hrs.) or by fax (201-
818-8464 24 hrs). Please contact us for other types of research, if needed
We do recommend that for ease of communication and payment, owners in the US
and Canada avail themselves of the services of the North American Archives. Clients can rest assured that the North American Archives and the JDHT utilize
the exact same build record information provided by Jaguar Cars Ltd