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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.

Get basic vehicle information from DVLA

If you are the current registered keeper and you need to know the history of your vehicle

The information you can get from DVLAWhy DVLA can give you this informationInformation we want from you when you make an enquiryEvidence we need you to give usThe form you need to complete
The number of previous registered keepers of the vehicle.We can give you this information because as the registered keeper you are entitled to know the history of your vehicle. • The vehicle registration
number of your vehicle

• The make and the model details of your
vehicle

• You must tell us why you need the
information and how it will be used

• If your address is different to the one
we have on our records, you need to
provide us with proof of address with
your application. Please supply one of
the following:

• Gas/electricity/water/household bill
issued in the last 3 months

• Telephone bill issued in the last
3 months

• Bank/building society statement
issued in the last 3 months blanking
out any sensitive details

• If you have moved house and your
address has changed, you will need to
give us details of the address we have
on our records.
Please note that your proof of address
will not be returned to you.


• You must sign and date your application.
• If you are making the enquiry on behalf of the registered keeper, you need to give us a letter from the registered keeper authorising you to act for them. The letter must have the name, address and contact details of the person you are making a request for and must be signed and dated by them. They will need to confirm the name and address details as shown on our records.V888 – Request by an individual for information about a vehicle

You must also enclose a cheque or postal order of £5.00.

Click here for a V888
The names and addresses of the previous keepers of the vehicle.
The dates that the previous keepers got the vehicle.
The dates the previous keepers got rid of the vehicle.
The full vehicle and keeper history.

If you are the previous keeper of the vehicle

The information you can get from DVLAWhy DVLA can give you this informationInformation we want from you when you make an enquiryEvidence we need you to give usThe form you need to complete
The date you registered the vehicle.We can give you information regarding the vehicle that you used to have up until the date you disposed/got rid of it.• The vehicle registration number of your vehicle

• The make and the model details of the vehicle you used to own

• You must tell us why you need the information and how it will be used

• If your address is different to the one we have on our records, you need to provide us with proof of address with your application. Please supply one of the following:

• Gas/electricity/water/household bill issued in the last 3 months

• Telephone bill issued in the last 3 months

• Bank/building society statement
issued in the last 3 months blanking out any sensitive details.

• If you have moved house and your address has changed, you will need to give us details of the address we have on our records.
Please note that your proof of address will not be returned to you.

• You must sign and date your application.
• We need to see that you are the previous registered keeper of the vehicle when we access our records.


• If you are making the enquiry on behalf of the previous registered keeper, you need to give us a letter from the previous registered keeper authorising you to act for them. The letter must have the name, address and contact details of the person you are making a request for and must be signed and dated by them. They will need to confirm the name and address details as shown on our records.
V888 – Request by an individual for information about a vehicle

You must also enclose a cheque or postal order of £5.00. The date you got rid of the vehicle.

Click here for a V888
The date you got rid of the vehicle.
The names and addresses of previous keepers.

If you are a private individual asking for the name and address of a vehicle keeper following an incident

The information you can get from DVLAWhy DVLA can give you this informationInformation we want from you when you make an enquiryEvidence we need you to give usThe form you need to complete
The name and address of the person we have registered as keeper on the date of incident.We can provide the vehicle keeper details where there has been a minor incident which has caused damage to your vehicle or property, or where the information is needed to deal with personal injury claims.

We can give you information for this purpose where ‘reasonable cause’ can be demonstrated.
• Vehicle registration number of the vehicle that caused damage

• The make and the model details of the vehicle you are enquiring about

• You must give us the vehicle registration number of your own vehicle if it has been involved in the incident

• You must tell us why you need the information and how it will be used

• You need to give us the location of where the incident occured

• If your address is different to the one we have on our records, you need to provide us with proof of address with your application. Please supply one of the following:

• Gas/electricity/water/household bill issued in the last 3 months

• Telephone bill issued in the last 3
months

• Bank/building society statement
issued in the last 3 months blanking out any sensitive details

• If you have moved house and your address has changed, you will need to give us details of the address we have on our records.
Please note that your proof of address will not be returned to you.

• You must sign and date your application.
• If you are making the enquiry on behalf of somebody else you need to give us a letter from them authorising you to act for them.
The letter must have the name, address and contact details of the person you are making a request for and must be signed and dated by
them. They will need to confirm the name and address details as shown on our records

• We need the Police reference number if the incident was reported to the police

• We need the insurance policy number if the incident was reported to the insurance company

• We need a photo of the damaged vehicle or property

• We need a copy of any quote, invoice or repair

• If the incident was witnessed we need details of the witness.
V888 – Request by an individual for information about a vehicle

You must also enclose a cheque or postal order of
£2.50 per enquiry

Click here for a V888

If you are a private individual asking for the details of a vehicle abandoned on your property

The information you can get from DVLAWhy DVLA can give you this informationInformation we want from you when you make an enquiryEvidence we need you to give usThe form you need to complete
The name and address of the person who is the registered keeper of the vehicle that is abandoned on your property.We can give you this information because the vehicle has been parked or abandoned on private land and the keeper details are necessary to get the vehicle removed.• Vehicle registration number of the abandoned vehicle

• The make and the model details of the vehicle that has been abandoned on your property

• You must tell us where the vehicle is abandoned

• You must tell us the date you found the vehicle on your property

• We need proof that you live at the address given on your V888. Please supply one of the following with your application:

• Gas/electricity/water/household bill
• Telephone bill issued in the last 3 months

• Bank/building society statement issued in the last 3 months blanking out any sensitive details.
Please note that your proof of address will not be returned to you.

• You must sign and date your application.
• If you are making the enquiry on behalf of somebody else you need to give us a letter from them authorising you to act for them. The letter must have the name, address and contact details of the person you are making a request for and must be signed and dated by them. They will need to confirm the name and address details as shown on our records

• If you are making the enquiry on behalf of the landowner you need to give us a letter from them authorising you to act for them

• You need to give us a photograph of the abandoned vehicle.
V888 – Request by an individual for information about a vehicle

You must also enclose a cheque or postal order of £2.50 per enquiry.

Click here for a V888

If you are a private individual making an enquiry about a vehicle trespassing on your property

The information you can get from DVLAWhy DVLA can give you this informationInformation we want from you when you make an enquiryEvidence we need you to give usThe form you need to complete
The name and address of the person we have registered as keeper on the date the vehicle was sighted.We can provide the vehicle keeper details where a vehicle is known to be trespassing on your property so you can contact the vehicle keeper or take civil action against them.• The Vehicle registration number of the vehicle that is trespassing

• The make and the model details of the vehicle you are enquiring about

• You must state your connection to the property and the location of where the vehicle has trespassed

• You must tell us how the information will be used

• We need proof that you live at the address given on your V888. Please supply one of the following with your application. Please supply one of the following:

• Gas/electricity/water/household bill issued in the last 3 months

• Telephone bill issued in the last 3 months

• Bank/building society statement issued in the last 3 months blanking out any sensitive details.
Please note that your proof of address will not be returned to you.

• You must sign and date your application.
• If you are making the enquiry on behalf of somebody else you need to give us a letter from them authorising you to act for them. The letter must have the name, address and contact details of the person you are making a request for and must be signed and dated by them. They will need to confirm the name and address details as shown on our records

• If the land is not owned by you, you must give us a letter of authority from the landowner

• You need to give us a photograph of the vehicle that has trespassed showing the vehicle registration number. Please note that we will not accept cropped photographs of the number/licence plate alone. The photograph must show us the vehicle that has trespassed and the vehicle registration number plate. Your application will be returned to you if the photographs are inadequate.
V888 – Request by an individual for information about a vehicle

You must also enclose a cheque or postal order of £2.50 per enquiry.



Click here for a V888

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.

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


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