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How to request information from DVLA records

Requests for information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) records can be made online, by telephone, by letter or by using form V888 which is available for download. The way in which you make your request will depend on the information you are looking for.

Online vehicle enquiries

You can use the on line vehicle details enquiry service to check certain information that DVLA holds on its database about a vehicle, including year of manufacture, date of first registration, engine capacity, colour, expiry date of the current tax disc/SORN declaration and vehicle excise duty rate.

Enquiries by telephone

The DVLA operates two premium rate telephone services which give vehicle information. Calls are charged at 49 pence per minute and lines operate Monday to Friday between 8.00 am and 8:30 pm, and Saturday between 8.00am to 5.30pm.

DVLAs vehicle check service - telephone number 0906 185 8585

Gives details of date of registration, year of manufacture, engine capacity (cc), CO2 emissions and confirmation of colour.

DVLAs date of liability (vehicle tax due date) line - telephone number 0906 765 7585

Provides information on the expiry date of the current tax disc. Although the vehicle record is constantly updated, it is possible that an outstanding vehicle tax application may be waiting processing and has not yet updated the vehicle record. The information given via this service will, in most instances, be correct but should not be taken as confirmation that there is a current vehicle tax in force.

It is an offence to unlawfully obtain personal data which is contrary to Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. Unlimited fines in the Crown Court (or to a maximum of 5,000 in the Magistrates Court) exist as penalties in respect of these offences.

Release of information about yourself

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to obtain information held about you from DVLA records. Requests for information should be made in writing, together with a 5 fee to the following addresses:

Information from vehicle records

Vehicle Record Enquiries, Vehicle Customer Services, (Data Protection Queries), DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AJ quoting your full name, address and the registration number of your vehicle.

Information from driver licence records

DCS (Data Subject Enquiries), D4, DVLA, Swansea SA6 7JL quoting your address, driver number or full name and date of birth and reason for request.

Requests for vehicle keeper information by letter

Previous keeper details

If you are the current keeper you can get information about any earlier keepers on application. You should write to Vehicle Record Enquiries, Vehicle Customer Services, DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AJ quoting the registration number of the vehicle and giving the reasons for your request. A fee of 5 is payable.

Release of another vehicles keeper details

You can obtain the name and address of the registered keeper of a vehicle if you can show reasonable cause for needing the information.

  • members of the public will need to complete form V888
  • companies can complete form VQ3 or apply in writing giving full details of the reason for the enquiry and the vehicle registration mark

Both forms are available from DVLA. Form V888 can be downloaded on our vehicle forms link below.

Fees payable

The fee for information at a specific date of event is 2.50 per vehicle. If further information is required, for instance, a copy of a document or additional keeper information, a fee of 5 is required per vehicle.

Send your application to Vehicle Record Enquiries, Vehicle Customer Services, DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AJ.

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